Homer’s Odyssey

Associate Professor of English and Theology,
Includes Free Study Guide

Homer’s Odyssey

Associate Professor of English and Theology,
Includes Free Study Guide

Discover fresh insights into one of the greatest works of literature ever composed: Homer’s Odyssey.

Why does this ancient epic poem continue to mesmerize us? You’re undoubtedly familiar with the Odyssey in some form, whether you read it in school or saw an adaptation.

Now, this exciting series invites you to read Homer’s text with new eyes. Under the guidance of award-winning presenter Fr. Gregory Carlson, the Western world’s most engaging story comes alive again with all its poetry, drama, and action. As you move through the Odyssey book by book, you will gain profound insights into Homer’s artistry.

With breathtaking liveliness, Fr. Carlson will lead you through Odysseus&

Discover fresh insights into one of the greatest works of literature ever composed: Homer’s Odyssey.

Why does this ancient epic poem continue to mesmerize us? You’re undoubtedly familiar with the Odyssey in some form, whether you read it in school or saw an adaptation.

Now, this exciting series invites you to read Homer’s text with new eyes. Under the guidance of award-winning presenter Fr. Gregory Carlson, the Western world’s most engaging story comes alive again with all its poetry, drama, and action. As you move through the Odyssey book by book, you will gain profound insights into Homer’s artistry.

With breathtaking liveliness, Fr. Carlson will lead you through Odysseus’ spectacular journey. As you voyage through various fantastic lands, you’ll encounter sea monsters and sirens, gods and giants, and a colorful cast of characters. Fr. Carlson brings familiar stories alive by drawing out their implications and challenges for the unusual hero Odysseus. 

If you think of Odysseus as just another ancient hero, you will find yourself surprised, as Homer reveals this man step by step as distinctive — and remarkably modern. As Fr. Carlson brings the poem to life, you will come to see that it is not just about adventures: the poem itself is an adventure. Indeed, Homer will challenge your perceptions about success, women, friendship, and human identity.

Odysseus was born for challenges, and this course in turn invites you to challenge yourself. Follow Odysseus on his journey today.

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$119.95$209.95

  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 1 and 2
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 3 and 4
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 5 and 6
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 7 and 8
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 9 and 10
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 11 and 12
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 13 and 14
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 15 and 16
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 17 and 18
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 19 and 20
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 21 and 22
  • Homer’s Odyssey: Books 23 and 24

An award-winning teacher, Fr. Gregory Carlson, S.J., D.Phil., is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Deglman Center for Spirituality at Creighton University. A priest of the Society of Jesus, he has taught classics at the College of the Holy Cross, Creighton, and Marquette University. He has also been an invited chairholder at Georgetown University and John Carroll University. Fr. Carlson received his master’s degree in Classics from St. Louis University, his Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and his doctorate summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg.

In 1979, Jesuit superiors asked him to leave his tenured position at Holy Cross to help create a seminary for the humanities education of younger Jesuits at Creighton University. At Creighton, he has won the coveted Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His courses in Greek literature, world literature, and the humanities have regularly included the reading of Homer's Odyssey. He also served as President of the Vergilian Society from 1999 to 2001.

Praise for Fr. Gregory Carlson

“Years ago Fr. Greg Carlson was one of my most influential teachers at Holy Cross. His teaching was a model of both clarity and inspiration, and in my thirty years of teaching Classics I have tried to model my teaching on his. When he left Holy Cross, he was so well loved that students dedicated the yearbook to him.”
– Jim O'Hara, George L. Paddison Professor of Latin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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