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Homers The Odyssey has been popular for centuries at one point it was used primarily to instruct students who were expected to learn Greek as part of their education but nowadays most young readers are introduced to this epic through their language arts curriculum In fact bridged versions of The Odyssey are routinely found in textbooks You could say that this epic has become a curriculum staple for high school language arts classics but that doesnt mean it should be The Odyssey would be much more valuable in a college classics curriculum rather than a high school literature curriculum Then it could be read in its original language Translated works often lose something in translation Students in a classics course who read it translated miss fact that The Odyssey is written in dactylic hexameter Furthermore the information on Greek and Roman gods would be far more relevant When Language Arts teachers are limited with the amount of time they have to teach a subject using a substantial amount of it teaching what is considered background information to a regular high school student is an inefficient use of that time Where as in a classics curriculum information about Greek and Roman gods would not be considered background information rather the reason that the epic is read in class Throughout The Odyssey gods intervene almost constantly with demonstrations of their powers For example one such goddess Athena goddess of wisdom gives girth and stature to the old field captain when the situation calls for him to look impressive and she is always ready to help But the sea god Poseidon raises a storm and destroys the raft It is only with the help of Athena that Odysseus arrives on the island of Scheria home of the Phaeacians Zeus also played a role as he directs Athena to settle the inevitable feud between Odysseus and the families of hundreds of men whom Odysseus killed because they abused
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