Events / The Truth about Homer’s Odyssey

The Truth about Homer’s Odyssey

January 12, 2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sarantis Symeonoglou

Emeritus Professor of Art History and Archaeology
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Date: January 12, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Whittemore House

Homer’s Odyssey continues to baffle its readers with its extremes, such as tales of exotic creatures and realistic descriptions such as the palace of Odysseus. Experts disagree as to whether Homer wrote or composed orally, when and if he ever lived, and even whether the Iliad and the Odyssey are the work of one person. Archaeological excavations on the island of Ithaca since 1984 have finally revealed evidence about the three most important sites where the action in the Odyssey takes place. Most important of these is the palace of Odysseus but equally interesting and better preserved are the Well-Built Fountain and the Cave of the Nymphs. These discoveries enable us to read Homer in a completely new light and offer many clues about the reality behind the myth.



  • Cornish Beef Stew
  • Vegetarian Lasagna (with Spinach, Porcini Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, 4 cheeses, basil pesto and Spinach-Gorgonzola Sauce)
  • ½ Smoked Turkey & Cheddar Cheese Sandwich on Wheat with Fresh Fruit Garnish  & Cup of Black Bean Soup
  • Whole Smoked Turkey Sandwich on Wheat with Fresh Fruit
  • Chef’s Salad

Dessert (optional)

  • Vanilla Ice Cream with a Homemade Cookie