From the Shorthorn:
The University Classics Club is hosting Homerathon, an all-day recital of Homer’s The Odyssey.
The recitation will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday on the University Center mall and end at 10:30 p.m. Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, was written in 59 segments, and each individual speaker will be allotted 15 minutes to recite their portion of the story.
The Odyssey is the tale of Greek war-hero Odysseus’ journey home from the Trojan War. It is one of two of Homer’s works and is one of the oldest stories ever to have been recorded.
Among its initial conception, philosophy associate professor Charles Chiasson said the story often was recited by ancient Greek poets in public-forum competitions.
The tradition of oral recitation of poems dates back to the oral epoch, a time in classical history before stories and poems were recorded.
Chiasson said the reason The Odyssey was chosen to be recited instead of The Iliad, Homer’s other epic, is because of its popularity and level of interest amongst readers.
The public is invited, and there are still spots available to those who wish to participate in the recital.