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Event Name:Discuss The Odyssey at Decorah Public Library
Event Type(s):Member Event
Community Event

Join facilitator Storm Bailey for a lively two-part conversation about Homer’s “Odyssey” on Thursday November 1 and Thursday November 8 at 6:30 pm at Decorah Public Library. Books are available for checkout at the front desk of the Library; discussions are free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to read the full poem as well as the translator’s note prior to the Nov. 1 meeting.

Event Date:11/1/2018
Event Time:6:30 PM
Location:Decorah Public Library
202 Winnebago Street
Decorah, IA 52101

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The first great adventure story in the Western canon, “The Odyssey” is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

In Emily Wilson’s fresh, authoritative version―the first English translation of “The Odyssey” by a woman―this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way.

Whether this is a first experience with “The Odyssey” or the latest of many, anyone interested is invited to join a group of engaged readers to discuss the structure of the book and its key themes: from hospitality and friendship to masculinity and Homeric virtues. The group will explore what home means for Odysseus and what it might mean for us.

Facilitator Storm Bailey is a Professor of Philosophy at Luther College who is also exploring “The Odyssey” with Paideia students this fall.

Contact Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 for more information.

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