Episode 27: A Bard and a Horse


We’re back with a full-length episode! For episode 27, we crack open our shiny new copy of Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey! After a chat about the challenges of accessing myths through translation, we  take a look at a small episode that makes up a big part of the Trojan War myth. We hope we do this beautiful translation justice!

We also have listener mail from Andrew, who asks us for some reading recommendations. Check out our recommended reading and listening!

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Source Passages

Odyssey 8. 482- 520 (Trans. Wilson).

Translation Sources

Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Richmond Lattimore. 1967.

Homer. Odyssey. Trans. Emily Wilson. 2018.

Recommended Listening

Aven McMaster & Mark Sundaram. The Endless Knot. Episode 50: Translating the Odyssey, with Emily Wilson. Jan. 3, 2018.

Curtis Dozier. Mirror of Antiquity. Episode 1: Translating the Past, with Rachel Kitzinger. Jan. 2, 2018.

Jeff Wright. Trojan War: The Podcast.

Recommended Reading

Bruce Meyer. Heroes: From Heracles to Superman. 2007.

Bruno Snell. The Discovery of the Mind in Greek Philosophy and Literature. 2011.

Christopher Logue. All Day Permanent Red: The First Battle Scenes of Homer’s Iliad Rewritten. 2004.

Joseph Campbell. Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. 2013.

Joseph Campbell. Hero of a Thousand Faces. 2008.

Terry Eagleton. Literary Theory: An Introduction. 2008.

Walter Ong. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. 1982.


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This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license. Music used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.


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