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An introduction to The Odyssey

Who is Odysseus? Why can't he get home? And will the gods help or hinder his journey? Find out from our panel, chaired by cult classicist Mary Beard.

Beard is joined in discussion by award-winning author and academic Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek at Cambridge, and Orange Prize for Fiction-winning author Madeline Miller.

Ahead of an abridged live reading of The Odyssey, hear the essential details about Homer's epic and discover why one of the earliest works of Western literature continues to be a source of inspiration to artists and authors.

Earlier Event: October 20
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