Homer scholar to compare ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’


Camille Pecha
Contributing Writer

Homer scholar Kathryn Hohlwein will deliver a lecture on the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium.

Entitled “Seeing Life Steadily and Seeing it Whole,” the lecture will address the drastic differences between the heroes, themes and structures of the two Homeric poems.

Hohlwein will offer a way of looking at the two poems as complementary, as a whole that gives a “rich and broad depiction of life and death,” according to Hohlwein.

She will also address some familiar themes such as the impartiality of the “Iliad,” the limits of art, the daring of curiosity and the peculiarly modern hero of the “Odyssey.”

Hohlwein, a renowned scholar, taught in different English departments for 35 years, “including at California State University in Sacramento, where for 30 years she taught a graduate seminar on The Homeric Imagination,” according to UD’s English department.  She is an award-winning professor, a widely published author in many genres, and the founder and current president of The Readers of Homer (TROH), a non-profit that produces night-long readings of the “Iliad” or “Odyssey” in cities across the globe (see www.thereadersofhomer.org).

She is committed to an ever-deepening understanding of and appreciation for the foundational texts of the Western Tradition.


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