Author: Michial Farmer

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 10: The Odyssey, Books 22-24

Stream or download this episode.  David Grubbs, Coyle Neal, Jordan Poss, and Jay Eldred discuss books 22, 23, and 24 of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961) and Robert Fagles (1996). Jordan compares the climax of The Odyssey to the climax of Taken. David says John Wick. Homer utilizes “arrow time,” which puts him ahead…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 9: The Odyssey, Books 19-21

Stream or download this episode.  Victoria Reynolds Farmer, Jordan Poss, and Christina Bieber Lake discuss Books 19, 20, and 21 of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fagles (1996) and Emily Wilson (2018). The prophecy about the suitors made Victoria think of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Odysseus is a combination of a five-year-old…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 8: The Odyssey, Books 17-18

Stream or download this episode.  David Grubbs, Michial Farmer, and Katie Grubbs talk about books seventeen and eighteen of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Samuel Butler (1898), Robert Fagles (1996), and Stanley Lombardo (2000). These books feature the first episode of Undercover Boss. Odysseus disguises himself like King Henry V. Odysseus takes part in Bronze Age Mission…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 7: The Odyssey, Books 15-16

Stream or download this episode.  Jay Eldred, Jordan Poss, and Michial Farmer discuss books fifteen and sixteen of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961), Robert Fagles (1996) and Stanley Lombardo (2000). Jordan gets some cracks in at Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. And Michial takes a shot at Argo. Like Don and Betty Draper, Menelaus…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 6: The Odyssey, Books 12-14

Stream or download this episode.  David Grubbs, Michial Farmer, and Katie Grubbs talk about books twelve, thirteen, and fourteen of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Samuel Butler (1898), Robert Fagles (1996), and Stanley Lombardo (2000). The Police taught David how to pronounce Scylla. But not Nabokov. Aristotle gets Scylla and Charybdis wrong in the Nicomachean Ethics–the subject…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 5: The Odyssey, Books 10-11

Stream or download this episode.  Victoria Reynolds Farmer, Christina Bieber Lake, and Jay Eldred discuss Books ten and eleven of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translations of Homer: Robert Fitzgerald (1961) and Emily Wilson (2018). Christina and Victoria both want to read Madeline Miller’s Circe. Circe’s pleasures violate the Aristotelian ethical mean. (Coming next time on The Core…

The Core Curriculum, Series 4, Episode 4: The Odyssey, Books 8-9

Stream or download this episode.  Jordan Poss and David Grubbs talk about books 8 and 9 of Homer’s Odyssey. SHOW NOTES Our translation of Homer: Robert Fagles (1996). This is the Terminator 2 of the ancient world. Hebrews 13:2: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Jordan doesn’t show Schindler’s List to his…