Tagged: The Odyssey

How Homer Matters

“The core of what is valuable about those epics is that they are intensely human. … It is an absolutely down-the-barrel look at the realities of who we are.” In his lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, author Adam Nicholson argues the importance of Homer thousands of years after he wrote the Iliad and […]

When a Picture Captures a Thousand Words

Art can make or break a book. Look at book covers: the stately classics with only a stately name or a picture that looks older than your great grandma, non-fiction collections with their suave patters, biographies with pictures that tell you exactly the type of light the unsuspecting subject will be cast under. And of […]

Core Texts on Leadership

Here are samples from the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and Don Quixote on the topic of leadership: My child, what strange remarks you let escape you. Could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus? There is no mortal half so wise; no mortal gave so much to the lords of open sky. ~ The Odyssey, Book I, […]

Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad” at BU

The Core would like to bring to students’ attention an excellent performance which they can attend- on Sunday February 24, the CFA Department of Theatre will present Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad,” a play about the women in Homer’s Odyssey. The performance will take place at 2 PM, at the Boston Center for the Arts. It […]

Analects of the Core: Homer on sleep’s regenerative power

As a tribute to all sleep-deprived Core students and faculty near the semester’s end, here is today’s analect in celebration of Sleep’s regenerative power: A man in a distant field, no hearthfires near, will hide a fresh brand in his bed of embers to keep a spark alive for the next day; so in the […]

Analects of the Core: Homer on mortals blaming gods

In coordination with Professor Scully‘s introduction of the culture of ancient Greece — a domain where the students of CC101 will discover the foundations of Western thought — the Core blog today is featuring an analect that reminds us not to blame those in power for the struggles we encounter as we progress on our […]