Author Scott Huler talks about his journey retracing the footsteps of Odysseus across the Mediterranean.
Three millennia ago, the Greek hero Odysseus was dragged off to war in Troy. On his ten-year return journey he island-hopped in the Mediterranean, facing Gods and witches, monsters and storms, the story becoming the base of The Odyssey, Homer’s famous epic poem. Merely a century ago, James Joyce in turn based his Ulysses on Homer’s poem. Ulysses is supposed to be the greatest—and most complicated— English book of the 20th century, and Huler publicly swore off trying to read it on NPR. This led to: a Ulysses reading group; a return to Homer’s Odyssey—and his own complex Mediterranean journey retracing the passage of Odysseus. During the presentation Huler will talk about what he found on the way.