The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer by Timothy B. Shutt audiobook

The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer

By Timothy B. Shutt
Read by Timothy B. Shutt

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The Modern Scholar Series

4.67 Hours Unabridged
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One of the Modern Scholar's most popular professors, Timothy B. Shutt, brings his literary acumen and trademark enthusiasm to the study of the epic poems that sit at the very wellspring of Western culture. The earliest surviving works of Greek literature, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey exert a continuing influence on modern culture, even today shaping people's values and conduct. In the tales of Achilles and Hector, of Odysseus and Penelope, Homer explored the notion of arete, which translates as "excellence" or "virtue". In these illuminating lectures, Professor Shutt delves into these great works, illustrating in fascinating detail the nature of their continuing relevance.

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One of the Modern Scholar's most popular professors, Timothy B. Shutt, brings his literary acumen and trademark enthusiasm to the study of the epic poems that sit at the very wellspring of Western culture. The earliest surviving works of Greek literature, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey exert a continuing influence on modern culture, even today shaping people's values and conduct. In the tales of Achilles and Hector, of Odysseus and Penelope, Homer explored the notion of arete, which translates as "excellence" or "virtue". In these illuminating lectures, Professor Shutt delves into these great works, illustrating in fascinating detail the nature of their continuing relevance.

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Reviews

by Bertie Wooster 9/13/2017
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Illuminating. Engaging. Stunning. (All in Record Time.)

Usually professor Shutt’s lecture series on any given topic run just under eight hours. So I was skeptical about this one: A little under five and a half hours to cover the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epics that, together, run around a thousand pages in my favorite modern translation (Robert Fitzgerald’s)? On the other hand, Shutt has showcased the high points of Medieval Literature (excluding Chaucer and Mallory) in under eight hours. He’s illuminated the Hebrew, Greek and Roman roots of our Western Culture in about the same time frame. So I sprang for it, using as my excuse the fact that our daughter is about to embark on the Iliad and Odyssey in her Honors English course.

I don’t know if she’ll ever actually listen to them. But I’m glad I did. Without sounding hurried, without sounding like he’s cutting any corners, professor Shutt gives another—yes, I’m going to use the “s” word—stunning performance.

Sketching the story lines and using pivotal characters to illustrate larger themes and patterns, he sheds light where I didn’t know light needed to be shed. The finest thing about his teaching style is that he doesn’t criticize a work from the vantage point of our Enlightened Modern Days. He asks us to understand and appreciate Great Works on their own terms, divesting ourselves as far as is possible of our reflexive preconceptions, misconceptions and prejudices. He’s done it for Medieval Literature, Greek Philosophy, Spartan Culture and now Homeric Poetry. He made me see, for the first time in a life that’s spanned more than half a century now, that Achilles is far more than a petulant, spoiled brat and that Homer’s audiences would laugh at me for thinking of him as such. He made me understand, again for the first time, why the Trojans keep Helen and keep fighting. And he made me completely reconsider Odysseus and the tale he tells—is it the unvarnished truth, or has the man of many turns woven an epic cover story for a long absence from home and the cares of home?

If these are the kinds of things you like to contemplate as you’re emptying the dishwasher, mowing the lawn or sipping a cocktail, go for it. You will not be disappointed.

Author

Author Bio: Timothy B. Shutt

Author Bio: Timothy B. Shutt

Timothy B. Shutt teaches at Kenyon College in the integrated program in the humane studies department.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English