The Odyssey of Homer

Homer and Yuri Rasovsky

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04-01-03

7hrs 50min

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Audio Theater

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Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts

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04-01-03

7hrs 50min

Abridgement

Audio Theater

Genre

Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts

Description

“The adaptation and writing are superb, the sound effects and music are layered in subtly and effectively, and the fine acting humanizes a challenging classic. To conclude each episode, scholars add discussion and insights that remove cultural barriers to a fuller appreciation…A rare and wonderful blend of storytelling, drama, and learning…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

When this groundbreaking, serialized dramatization premiered on 320 US radio stations, critics were unanimous in their praise, and it won numerous honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting. Now twenty years after its first airing, Blackstone Audio is pleased to present this outstanding production.

The 2,600-year-old poem tells of a man, a hero of cunning rather than brawn, who inhabits three worlds: first, the world of his own reality—his wife, his son, his home; secondly, the world of myth in which gods and demigods sport and battle; finally, the world of sorcerers and monsters, of magic and ghosts and unspeakable terrors. The exploration and interweaving of these three worlds contribute significantly to the delight that The Odyssey’s audience has experienced throughout the ages.

Synopsis of Episodes:

The Suitors of Penelope
Commentary by Richard Posner, professor, law and government, University of Chicago

The Voyage of Telemachus
Commentary by Charles Bye, visiting professor, University of Athens

Free at Last
Commentary by Arthur Adkins and Wendy O’Flaherty, University of Chicago, and Gregory Nagy, Harvard University

The Great Wanderings
Commentary by Wendy O’Flaherty, University of Chicago

Monsters of the Sea
Commentary by Arthur Adkins, University of Chicago

The Swineherd’s Hut
Commentary by Arthur Adkins, University of Chicago

A Beggar’s Homecoming
Commentary by Eric Hamp, University of Chicago

The Contest of the Bow
Commentary by Albert Lord, Harvard University

Program host: Edward Asner

Cast:
Irene Worth, Shepperd Strudwick, Barry Morse, John Glover, James Deuter, Eloise Kummer, David Mink, Ron Parady, Robert Scogin, Megan McTavish, Tony Mockus, Francis Guinan, Michael Rider, Jordean Culbert, Ward Ohrman

Scholar Advisors:
Peter Arnott, Tufts University; Jarl Dyrud, University of Chicago; Peter Green, University of Texas at Austin; Albert B. Lord, Harvard University; James M. Redfield, University of Chicago; and D. Nicholas Rudall, (chair) University of Chicago

Announcer: John Doremus

Made possible in part by grants from TRW and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Praise

“The adaptation and writing are superb, the sound effects and music are layered in subtly and effectively, and the fine acting humanizes a challenging classic. To conclude each episode, scholars add discussion and insights that remove cultural barriers to a fuller appreciation…A rare and wonderful blend of storytelling, drama, and learning…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

“For the Odyssey novice, this dramatization is a great way to get acquainted with the basics of the poem. And even for the Odyssey fan, this is a fun ride.” AudiobooksToday.com

“This national Radio Theatre presentation by fifteen consummate actors is unique and wonderful.” Kliatt 

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Language English
Release Day Mar 31, 2003
Release Date April 1, 2003
Release Date Machine 1049155200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Drama & Plays, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Homer

Homer (9th or 8th century BC) is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two greatest epic poems of ancient Greece. Virtually nothing is known about his life. Tradition has it that he was blind. Most scholars believe he composed the Iliad and the Odyssey by relying on oral traditions. Their value lies chiefly in the poetry itself, moving from sublime passages about the gods and heroic exploits to passages expressing deep human emotion.

Yuri Rasovsky

Yuri Rasovsky (1944–2012) won wide critical acclaim during his forty-year career as an audio dramatist, writer, producer, and director. His numerous honors included two Peabody Awards, nine Audie Awards, and a Grammy. In 2011, his production for Blackstone, The Mark of Zorro, was nominated for a Grammy. His final production for Blackstone was Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You! He has left behind an incredible legacy.

Narrator Bio

Overview

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

When this groundbreaking, serialized dramatization premiered on 320 US radio stations, critics were unanimous in their praise, and it won numerous honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting. Now twenty years after its first airing, Blackstone Audio is pleased to present this outstanding production.

The 2,600-year-old poem tells of a man, a hero of cunning rather than brawn, who inhabits three worlds: first, the world of his own reality—his wife, his son, his home; secondly, the world of myth in which gods and demigods sport and battle; finally, the world of sorcerers and monsters, of magic and ghosts and unspeakable terrors. The exploration and interweaving of these three worlds contribute significantly to the delight that The Odyssey’s audience has experienced throughout the ages.

Synopsis of Episodes:

The Suitors of Penelope
Commentary by Richard Posner, professor, law and government, University of Chicago

The Voyage of Telemachus
Commentary by Charles Bye, visiting professor, University of Athens

Free at Last
Commentary by Arthur Adkins and Wendy O’Flaherty, University of Chicago, and Gregory Nagy, Harvard University

The Great Wanderings
Commentary by Wendy O’Flaherty, University of Chicago

Monsters of the Sea
Commentary by Arthur Adkins, University of Chicago

The Swineherd’s Hut
Commentary by Arthur Adkins, University of Chicago

A Beggar’s Homecoming
Commentary by Eric Hamp, University of Chicago

The Contest of the Bow
Commentary by Albert Lord, Harvard University

Program host: Edward Asner

Cast:
Irene Worth, Shepperd Strudwick, Barry Morse, John Glover, James Deuter, Eloise Kummer, David Mink, Ron Parady, Robert Scogin, Megan McTavish, Tony Mockus, Francis Guinan, Michael Rider, Jordean Culbert, Ward Ohrman

Scholar Advisors:
Peter Arnott, Tufts University; Jarl Dyrud, University of Chicago; Peter Green, University of Texas at Austin; Albert B. Lord, Harvard University; James M. Redfield, University of Chicago; and D. Nicholas Rudall, (chair) University of Chicago

Announcer: John Doremus

Made possible in part by grants from TRW and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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