I am currently in the middle of “Lucia Joyce: To Dance In The Wake” by Carol Loeb Schloss (full disclosure: Carol and I both used to sing in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church choir, in Philadelphia.) It occurs to me that, when I finish this, I am going to have to finally tackle “Ulysses”. But before I can do that I have to read the Odyssey, and before that, the Iliad, of which there is (fortunately) a copy lying around here somewhere.
Didn’t I read this stuff in high school? No? Why not? Some of the stories are of course familiar — the cyclops, the sirens, the Trojan horse (does anyone NOT know of the Trojan horse?), others are “all Greek to me”. I have an internet friend, who I have also met in person, who goes by the pseudonym Thersites. Until recently I had no idea to whom that name referred. It’s time to learn the classics beyond the occasional opera plot.