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Improvising the Self in Homer’s Odyssey

Monday, October 8th, 2012

A young Odysseus

Tomorrow, the Classics Department will be presenting a lecture by Prof. Carol Dougherty of Wellesley College titled “Improvising the Self in Homer’s Odyssey.” Dougherty appraises Odysseus as a Zelig-like chameleon, which in turn translates to “a kind of improvisatory spirit at the thematic level of the poem, one that is particularly well suited to the turbulent period of the Homeric poems.” TOTALLY LIBERAL ARTS.

“Instead of approaching Odysseus’ disguises and ‘lying tales’ in the second half of the poem as a departure from his true self, Prof. Dougherty will argue that Odysseus improvises new identities for himself as part of the process of negotiating his return home.”

Dougherty has published extensively on ancient Athens, Greek poetry and drama, and classical mythology.

Tuesday October 9, 5:30pm @ Davis