Professor Bryant guides us through Homer’s epic poem Odyssey, a mythic tour of the ancient Aegaean world with an unprecedented cast of characters: Gods and humans, ghosts and monsters, adulterers, a wrathful Achilles, loyal Penelope, and Odysseus as the ultimate traveler on the ultimate cruise. This tale, a model for western literature from Virgil to Joyce, first appeared in English around 1615. While Penelope kept home fires burning and the suitors at bay, Odysseus made his ten-year journey home from the wars to finally reclaim his throne. Sign on with OLLI and Professor Bryant to learn just how this guileful hero was able, or so it seemed, to turn any dire situation to his advantage. Bon voyage!