Lecture 2 - Odysseus and his Critics: The First Modern Hero
The second lecture in Professor Susan Neiman's Gifford Lectures
Date: Tuesday 3 May 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre A, 40 George Square
Odysseus is fictional, of course, but he has often been called the first modern hero in Western literature. I’ll examine those claims and show what is important about the figure – as well as why the criticism often made of him is typical of the ways we still treat heroes.