Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad loom large among Vergil’s many prior literary models, with Aeneas’ labores synthesizing aspects of Odysseus, Achilles, and other Greek heroes. Dido’s character recalls the many of Homer’s women: the bewitching Circe and Calypso; the nubile Nausicaa; the long-suffering Penelope. Professor Kenny Morrell visited our seminar to discuss these Homeric precedents; he has played a key role in the creation of online resources for the study of classical texts, including Project Perseus and Sunoikisis: A National Consortium of Classics Programs. Included among many translations of The Odyssey available online are those of George Chapman (1614-16) and Samuel Butler (1900).
Romare Bearden, Circe