Homer from British Museum
Homer from British Museum

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Homer Biography
The Iliad
The Odyssey
Book, Film and Television Adaptations
Resources for Teaching the Greek Myths

Many people still read The Iliad and The Odyssey and movies such as Clash of the Titans and Troy demonstrate the continuing popularity of these stories as examples of heroism and courage.


Historical Background: Who, What, Where from English 257: Literature of Western Civilization, Professor T. Drake, University of Idaho

The Apotheosis of Homer, Ingres, 1827
The Apotheosis of Homer, Ingres, 1827



Quill icon.pngHistorical Biography of Homer


Homer from American Academy of Poets

Homer the Oral Poet from Encyclopedia Britannica

Historical Context for Homer from Columbia College

Author Says a Whole Culture--Not a Single Homer--Wrote the Iliad and the the Odyssey from National Geographic

A Woman's Place in Homer's Works offers a refreshingly non-misogynistic view of the women in both the Iliad and the Odyssey

The Iliad

Illustration, 8th Book Page 588, 1715
Illustration, 8th Book Page 588, 1715

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 4.03.33 PM.pngThe Iliad by Homer (800 BCE)


The Iliad: Cast of Characters (Principal Gods, Goddesses and Mortals)

Beginner's Guide to the Iliad and the Trojan War from the University of California San Diego.

The Trojan War Story Told in the Iliad

The Archaeology of Troy offers a historical perspective into the truth behind the Iliad.


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A map of the home city-states of the major players in the Iliad
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.33.19 AM.pngLink here for an animated video of the Trojan War on YouTube

The Odyssey
Possible Odysseus' Journey map
Possible Odysseus' Journey map

Odysseus and the Sirens
Odysseus and the Sirens


Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 4.03.33 PM.pngThe Odyssey by Homer


Interactive Map shows a possible route by Odysseus on his journey home

In the Wake of Odysseus: Localization of the Journey of Odysseus, University of Toronto


See also teacher notes: Introduction to The Iliadand The Odyssey


Crash Course in the Odyssey




1911 Film Poster
1911 Film Poster

Book, Film and Television Adaptations


Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.27.26 AM.pngGiuseppe de Liguoro's Silent Film Adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey (1911)


The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus byMargaret Atwood tells the Odyssey from Penelope's point of view

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 11.29.04 AM.pngFor an eye catching graphic novel version of this text, check out this book!





Quiz

Question: How were the Iliad and the Odyssey originally passed down from generation to generation?

1) Through written text on stone tablets
2) Through oral recitation
3) Through written texts on papyrus scrolls
4) Though knotted string, called quipu

Answer 2 is correct, as the epics had been passed down orally for thousands of years before they were eventually written down. The ancient Greeks had a long tradition of oral recitation and did not use stone tablets or papyrus scrolls. Quipu comes from Andean cultures.


Resources for Teaching the Greek Myths

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 11.47.54 AM.pngGo to Grade 7.32 for more on myths and stories of ancient Greece

Screen Shot 2016-10-28 at 12.13.15 PM.pngHow to Use the Enduring Power of Greek Myths in Your Classroom