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Odyssey LIVE!

On March 19, 2009, the Program in Classical Studies sponsored a reading of Homer's "Odyssey", complete and unabridged.  It started at 8:00 a.m. and finished at 10:30 p.m.  Performers included students and faculty from across the University.

A student committee, under the mentorship of Dr. John Given, planned and ran the event.  Its members were Samantha Canada, Sara Davis, Chelsea deMonch, James Duffy and Amanda Stevens.  The artworks used in advertisements were original drawings by Amanda Stevens.


As afternoon classes ended, faculty and students settled down for a good story on a beautiful day
Afternoon audience
Sara Davis sent Telemachus in search of his father in Book II and, here, brought him back home in Book XV
Sara Davis
As the sun started to set, Naomi Gerakios told how Odysseus at last returned to his house in Book XVII
Naomi Gerakios
Michael Gross dramatically narrated Odysseus's final voyage home to Ithaca in Book XIII
Michael Gross
John Given, who had performed Book IV in the morning, returned to the stage to spin Odysseus's Cretan tales in Book XIV
John Given

Photographs by John Given, Jennifer Valko
and Tricia Wilson-Okamura.  Used by permission.


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