Six Quotes: Esposito on Homer


  1. “Isn’t it amazing that the first major work of western civilization — Gilgamesh — depicts the destruction of a human city?”
  2. “Menelaus is about to kill Helen, but (smart lady), she bares her breast to him, and he throws his sword down. Some things never change.”
  3. “Calypso’s name means concealment and while Odysseus is with her he is concealed for seven years from everything but forced sex, for Homer makes it clear that Odysseus must sleep with this divine being.”
  4. “A house is made of wood and beams. A home is made of love and dreams.”
  5. “Look at this picture [pictured above]. What do you see? I see Penelope. I see that within her hands, within her gaze, she holds not only the fate of Ithaca, but also the fate of Odysseus and The Odyssey as a whole.”
  6. “How did 28,000 lines of poetry survive for the period of 500 years before Homer wrote them? We will never know; nor could we ever understand, because we don’t live in an oral society.”

As recorded by Core office employee Winona Hudak during Prof. Stephen Esposito’s discussion of Homer’s Odyssey during this week’s CC101 lecture.

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