The Odyssey and its Migrations: Wandering, Homelessness, and Identity

By Humanities Center

Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm

755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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Homer’s Odyssey has long been recognized as the West’s preeminent foundational text about voyages of discovery, serving as a template for works as varied as Dante’s Inferno and television’s Star Trek. For during his decade-long return home from the Trojan War, its hero, Odysseus, encounters strange (and sometimes monstrous) life forms and different kinds of civilizations, both more advanced and more primitive than his own, each of which force him to assess the nature of the home to which he so fiercely yearns to return. In this lecture, Daniel Mendelsohn examines the Odyssey’s ancient voyages and the ways in which they can illumine urgent issues of the present day: migration, refugees, citizenship, and what it means to map identity, both personal and political, in a world of shifting borders,"

For more information on our guest speaker, author, classicist, and translator Daniel Mendelsohn, click here.

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