The Ideal of the Odyssey

A Talk with Author David Beardsley
Monday, December 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

Homer British MuseumThe Iliad and Odyssey of Homer continue to be touchstones of the Western canon, with new translations appearing it seems every few years, and an on going cottage industry of criticism and interpretations. Many modern novels and films are based on the psychological wandering and suffering of Odysseus. David A. Beardsley is the author of The Ideal in the West and teaches a course by that name at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers. “That this is true should not be a surprise, given the remarkable nature of these works, which provide the same kind of jolt as finding an M16 in a dig at Troy,” Beardsley offered. He will be presenting a unique interpretation of this epic poem that touches on our lives today. He lives in Highland Park.