Program Details

The Odyssey: An Examination of Literature's Most Important Work and its Influence on Modern Society

Daphne Nikolopoulos

Course Description

Centuries after its writing, "The Odyssey" by Homer remains one of the most important literary works in the world. Its themes have had a vital influence on western culture and literature, inspiring every modern, beloved classic from "Star Trek" to the "Harry Potter" series and "The Lord of the Rings." Beyond the hero's journey, however, "The Odyssey" presents profound thought and themes that span the ages and are still relevant today. In this class, we will examine this epic from antiquity and trace its remarkable influences on modern society. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Daphne Nikolopoulos, MFA is a journalist, editor, and author. She has written the international best-seller "The Tenth Saint," which was awarded the Gold Medal for popular fiction at the Florida Book Awards, as well as several other historical thrillers. Her historical novel, "The Judgment," won a national bronze medal from Independent Publishers and first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The editor in chief of "Palm Beach Illustrated" magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, Daphne holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside.