Ch 1: The Odyssey: Literary & Mythological Context

About This Chapter

The Odyssey: Literary and Mythological Context chapter of The Odyssey Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the contextual elements of the epic poem The Odyssey. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential literary and mythological concepts from the context of The Odyssey.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the mythological and literary context of The Odyssey will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn the contextual elements of this literary text. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the literary and mythological context of The Odyssey
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with The Odyssey: Literary and Mythological Context chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only the information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about The Odyssey's literary and mythological context for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Mythology and poetry of Homer
  • Time period The Odyssey was written and the culture of that time
  • Outline of the structure of the books of The Odyssey
  • Translations and historical significance of this epic poem
  • Examination of Keat's poem on Chapman's Homer
  • Greek Gods, mythology and religion
  • Quest for Troy and the Bronze Age of Greece
  • Exploration of the Greek Gods Poseidon and Athena
  • Overview of Menelaus of Troy and Helen of Troy
  • Discussion of Odysseus and the Trojan horse

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Odyssey: Literary & Mythological Context
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry

1. Homer of Ancient Greece: Mythology & Poetry

This lesson will look at the famous Greek poet named Homer. We'll look at his work, the context in which he wrote it, and the things that scholars believe about him today.

When Was The Odyssey Written? - Homer's Ancient Greece

2. When Was The Odyssey Written? - Homer's Ancient Greece

''The Odyssey'' by Homer is one of the oldest works of literature in the world, but determining when it was actually written is difficult because it was most likely passed down orally for hundreds of years before ever being written down.

Ulysses, the Roman Name for Odysseus

3. Ulysses, the Roman Name for Odysseus

Ulysses is the Roman version of the Greek epic hero Odysseus. This lesson will explore whether and how Ulysses changed with the shift in cultures. How much Odysseus is there in Ulysses?

How Many Books Are In The Odyssey?

4. How Many Books Are In The Odyssey?

Stories have been passed down through generations by word of mouth and in written form. In this lesson, we will analyze the structure of ''The Odyssey'' and explore the different written variations that exist today.

Translations of The Odyssey: Significance in History

5. Translations of The Odyssey: Significance in History

Homer's ''The Odyssey'' is one of the most influential books in history. However, very few people today read it in its original ancient Greek, and instead encounter it in translations. The history of English translations of ''The Odyssey'' shows shifting understandings of this great work.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

6. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

Did you ever read a book or see a movie that got you so excited that you wanted to tell someone about it? In the days before Twitter, what would you do? If you're John Keats, you might just write a sonnet about it. And that's how we got 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.'

Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

7. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

This lecture covers the history of Bronze Age Greece, beginning with the discovery of its greatest city, Mycenae, by Heinrich Schliemann, emphasizing that the quest to find these cities was inspired by works of classical literature. It then describes the architecture of Mycenae and some of the relics found there. Finally, the lesson examines the Mycenaean achievement and its place in Western history.

Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

8. Greek Gods & Greek Mythology

In this lesson, you will explore the mythology of ancient Greek civilization, including the gods, heroes and monsters of legend. Then, test you understanding with a brief quiz.

Greek Myth and Religion

9. Greek Myth and Religion

This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.

The Greek God Poseidon: Mythology & Facts

10. The Greek God Poseidon: Mythology & Facts

In this lesson we discover the Greek god of the seas, Poseidon. One of the three most powerful gods in ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon played an important role in everyday Greek life and was often present in Greek literature.

Who was the Goddess Athena? - Mythology, Overview

11. Who was the Goddess Athena? - Mythology, Overview

In this lesson, we explore the mythology of the Greek goddess Athena and her importance to ancient Greek culture. The patron goddess of most military-related matters, she was honored widely throughout Greece.

Helen of Troy: Story & History

12. Helen of Troy: Story & History

According to myth, Helen of Troy's beauty was the cause of the Trojan War, which is why she has been called 'the face that launched a thousand ships.' In this lesson, you'll learn about the most enduring myths of Helen of Troy.

Menelaus of Troy: Mythology, Overview

13. Menelaus of Troy: Mythology, Overview

Let's discover who King Menelaus of Sparta was. Together, we can take a closer look at his history, personal life and legacy. We will also analyze his role in precipitating the Trojan War.

Odysseus and the Trojan Horse

14. Odysseus and the Trojan Horse

Odysseus is the hero of the epic poem 'The Odyssey,' but before that, he played a huge role in the Trojan War. Learn about Odysseus in this lesson and test yourself with a quiz.

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