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CLA 121 — The Odyssey

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 17—Nov 14
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 19
Unit: 1
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Marsh McCall
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 17—Nov 14
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 19
1 Unit
Marsh McCall
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course is the second in a three-year sequence in which we are studying the three greatest epic poems from ancient Greece and Rome: the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. The Odyssey is Homer’s irresistible story of a hero’s 10-year return from Troy to Ithaca and of his painful but triumphant restitution to his family and his kingship. The characters are unforgettable and the themes are universal: love, sex, loyalty, father and son, and husband and wife, with the powerful and fickle Greek gods presiding over almost everything. We will learn about the epic tradition, the question of Homer’s very existence, and the ways in which the poem has survived to our age. Above all, we will become as intensely familiar as we can with the profound issues and incomparable poetry of this dazzling text. Students will read the translations by both Lattimore and Fagles.

This course is the second in a series on The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. While these courses build upon each other, each course can be taken independently as well.

Professor of Classics, Emeritus; Founder and Dean Emeritus of Continuing Studies, Stanford

Marsh McCall has taught at Stanford since 1976. He has received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education, the annual Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, the Alumni Association’s Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional volunteer service to Stanford, and the Dean’s Award for Lifetime Achievements in Teaching in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Homer(trans. by Richmond Lattimore (Harper Perennial Modern Classics 2007), The Odyssey (ISBN 978-0061244186)
(Required) Homer(trans. by Robert Fagles), The Odyssey (ISBN 978-0140268867)