Reading and Teaching the Odyssey

with Dr. Hannah Hintze and Dr. Eva Brann of St. John's College

In this course you will read through Homer’s Odyssey, guided and inspired by St. John’s College tutors Dr. Evan Brann (who has tutored at St. John’s for over 60 years and is the author of Homeric Moments) and her colleague Dr. Hannah Hintze. In addition to hearing from both Eva and Hannah on The Odyssey, you will also find four seminars (discussion-based class sessions) on The Odyssey, led by Hannah Hintze and featuring several St. John’s students and another tutor.

We recommend two books for this course—the Lattimore translation of The Odyssey and Homeric Moments by Evan Brann.

–Lecture 1 by St. Johns College tutor Eva Brann on How to Read Homer
–Interview with veteran St. Johns tutor Eva Brann
–Interview with St. Johns tutor Hannah Hintz
–Lecture 2 by Hannah Hintze: “The Leaf Bed”
–Live Seminar 1 on The Odyssey
Lecture 3 by Hannah Hintze: “To Hades and Back Again”
–Post lecture interview with Hannah Hintze
–Live Seminar 2 on The Odyssey
–Lecture 4 by Hannah Hintze: “The Cattle of the Sun”
–Post lecture interview with Hannah Hintze
–Live Seminar 3 on The Odyssey
–Live Seminar 4 on The Odyssey
–Post seminar interview with Hannah Hintze

Eva Brann, PhD, tutor at St. Johns College (for over 60 years!): BA, Brooklyn College, 1950; MA, 1951, PhD 1956, Yale University; Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, Summer, 1952; Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1952-53; Member of the staff of the American Agora Excavations at Athens as Sibley Fellow of Phi Beta Kappa; Instructor in Archeology, Stanford University, 1956-57; Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1958-59; Member, U.S. Advisory Commission for International Education and Cultural Affairs, 1975-77; Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1957-, Addison E. Mullikin Tutorship, 1971-present; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1976-77; Arnold Visiting Professor, Whitman College, 1978-79; Visiting Scholar in Honors Education, University of Delaware, 1984-86; Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1987-88; Member, Maryland Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1988-96; Dean, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1990-97; Doctor of Humane Letters, Whitman College, 1995; Doctor of Letters, Middlebury College, 1999; Wilbur Cross Medal of the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, 2006; Honorary Doctorate, Iona College, 2006; Distinguished Alumna Award, Brooklyn College, 2007; Russell Kirk Paideia Prize, 2014.

Hannah Hintze, PhD, tutor at St. Johns College: BMus, Woodwind Performance, BA, Philosophy, Boston University, 1999; MA, 2006; PhD 2009, The Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago; Arthur J. Ennis Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow, Villanova University, 2010-11; Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 2011-present.


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