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.


Ashton Pace invoked the Muse when he performed
Book I of Homer's Odyssey

Ashton Pace Book I.

Marylaura Papalas in the voice of old Nestor
instructed Odysseus's son Telemachus in Book III

Marylaura Papalas Book 3.

As Telemachus searched for news of his lost father,
an early-morning audience gathered

An early-morning audience gathered.

David and Tricia Wilson-Okamura embodied
Hermes and Calypso when they read Book V

David and Tricia Wilson-Okamura Hermes and Calypso Book V

Chelsea deMonch narrated how
Odysseus met Nausicaa in Book VI

Chelsea deMonch Book VI

Chelsea also designed the robes and
dressed each of the day's performers

Chelsea deMonch Costumes


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