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Our Odyssey : A Reading of Homer's Epic By the People and For the People

Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

Our Odyssey : A Reading of Homer's Epic By the People...

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The words of the poet Homer were originally spoken aloud to rapt audiences who sat spellbound by tales of kings and heroes, battles and sorrow. Relive the experience of this oral tradition by taking part in an exciting daylong marathon reading of The Odyssey at the historic Central Library in downtown Los Angeles.

Readers of all ages and backgrounds – including YOU – are invited to participate in this unique opportunity to bring this thrilling tale of the voyage of Odysseus to life and to enjoy the experience of reading poetry aloud. Anyone may participate, and no special training is needed. An advance reservation is required and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is also available for non-readers who prefer to listen and take it all in.

Readers will receive a pre-assigned passage from an abridged version of The Odyssey translation by Stanley Lombardo, and a number designating the order in which they will read. Creative interpretation of the passage is encouraged and readers are welcome to read in the language of their choice. During the reading, text will be projected in English.

 

Homer’s Odyssey is the tale of a ten-year journey home from war, where fabulous fantasy mixes with hard reality, as Odysseus navigates divine whimsy, human greed, and a world teeming with enchantresses, nymphs, monsters, prophets and ghosts.  From the temptations of the Sirens’ song to the moving reunion of the hero and his family, bring the riveting story alive by participating in this epic, once-in-a-lifetime event.

This program is presented in association with The Readers of Homer, an organization that stages public readings of Homer’s epics around the world.


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Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 10:00am – 5:30pm

Readers will be sent in advance a preassigned segment of about 45-50 lines of text for a reading lasting two to three minutes, and a number designating the order in which they will read. Readers may select their preference for a morning, afternoon, or evening time slot. 


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Los Angeles Central Library
630 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)


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Library Foundation of Los Angeles

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