Self-Homeschooling (At Forty-Nine)


Waterhouse, “Odysseus and the Sirens”. Which, yes, in fact would make a good band name. The Sirens here are pretty much exactly how I envisioned the Harpies in Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”.

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.

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4 Responses to Self-Homeschooling (At Forty-Nine)

  1. Diane says:

    Oh, my dear…

    I have to admit that I envy you this experience. To read the Iliad for the first time, now as an adult, that has to be a wonderful treat. You will see that certain issues are timeless.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did re-reading it about a year ago.

  2. Marcellina says:

    I’ll let you know how it goes! I don’t know if there are better or worse translations out there — my copy is a mondern translation by Martin Hammond.

  3. geor3ge says:

    I still have the sands of Sullivan’s Island stuck in the binding of my copy of The Iliad. Good memories all around.

  4. Marcellina says:

    geor3ge, 🙂

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