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Homer

Homer

 
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Author: Rebecca Oberg
Objective:

This learning packet will review:
-What the world knows historically about Homer
-The historical significance of Homer
-Information about The Iliad and The Odyssey
-How to read these texts
-Key historical contexts
-The impact of Homer's literature upon the world and upon writing in general

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Homer: Origins of Literature

This is a highly informative slide show detailing the life, literary works, and historical impact/context of Homer.

Source: Rebecca Oberg, other sources cited in slide show

Historical Context for the Works of Homer

This short clip offers some important insights into the historical context of the time in which Homer was writing, explaining some of the oddities of the text in a modern way.

Source: YouTube

The Odyssey: Plot and Themes Summarized

This is a highly engaging, very informative overview of the plot and major themes of Homer's well-known work The Odyssey.

Source: YouTube

The Odyssey Film Trailer (1997)

This is the trailer for the 1997 film adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey. I think it gives a great teaser for some of the overarching themes and ideas in the text. Enjoy!

Source: YouTube

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    code gomi over 2 years ago

    The 3rd video, The Odyssey Film Trailer (1997) has been deleted from You Tube, I would like to see it!

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    Rebecca Oberg almost 4 years ago

    She actually has a ton of videos for lots of literary works, check out "60 Second Recaps" on YouTube. She speaks pretty fast but her info is pretty strong. Thanks for the comment!

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    DAVID SHAFFER almost 4 years ago

    I like the Yugoslav connection; gives the Ancients a modern synonym, as it were.

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      Rebecca Oberg answered almost 4 years ago

      Thanks! I always like to have modern comparisons as a student too.

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    DAVID SHAFFER almost 4 years ago

    The most fun to watch, but if you don't know anything about the Odyssey, you still won't know anything after seeing this, either. One needs to know the story for this to be at all educational. Leave this out of the packet; just use the other three.

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      Rebecca Oberg answered almost 4 years ago

      I put this video last because I feel the same way--you need to have some context on The Odyssey to understand it. But because it is so short and really entertaining if you do indeed know about the text, I think that it could still be valuable, since I would think that at least some of the people who would look up Homer on Sophia would have at least some background knowledge on The Odyssey. But thank you for the feedback, I'll keep it in mind.

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    DAVID SHAFFER almost 4 years ago

    Fun to watch, but she speaks too fast.

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