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 The 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. John’s College tutor Eva Brann on “How to Read Homer”
–Interview with veteran St. John’s tutor Eva Brann
–Interview with St. John’s 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. John’s 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, US Advisory Commission for International Education and Cultural Affairs, 1975–77; Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1957–present; 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. John’s 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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Please Note: ClassicalU is currently developing a certification to accompany our course offerings. The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.

To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation in the course, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one essay (of 500 to 600 words) demonstrating your understanding this course. When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.

For this course, the the essay assignment is:

In an essay of 500–600 words, summarize what you have learned about reading and teaching The Odyssey from this course. Include at least one point from a lecture, one from a seminar, and one from an interview.

Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.

By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.

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