Circe – From Vilified Witch to Epic Hero

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Madeline Miller’s retelling of classical myth in her novel, Circe, draws praise from classicist Emily Wilson. “What she’s doing is partly about gender, but it’s also addressing a bigger question about power, and the abuse of power.” – Alexandra Alter, NYT. More:

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Homer can help you. Homer knows

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War veterans are finding that ancient epics give them the language to cope. Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart. Toxic combat experiences narrated in Homer’s Iliad (800 B.C.E.) appear similar to those reported by current military veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More: