An Odyssey

Apr 18, 2018

The Odyssey is the epic tale of a hero's return home. It's also about a man's journey through life, from youth to old age. That reading, and a Mediterranean cruise, helped classicist Daniel Mendelsohn develop a deeper relationship with his aging father.


Wednesday, we’re talking about the Odyssey, Homer’s tale of a man’s long journey home. But as the classicist Daniel Mendelsohn says, the hero’s return to Ithaca isn’t the only voyage in which the Odyssey is interested. It’s also about the journey a man takes through life, from birth to death. That underlying theme, and a related Mediterranean cruise, helped Mendelsohn and his father grow closer than they’d ever been. Mendelsohn joins us Wednesday to talk about reading and reliving an epic.

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Daniel Mendelsohn is an author, a critic, and a the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. His new book is called An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].