Odysseus

Homeric levels of misery: Paradise, at the Olivier Theatre, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The National Theatre has given Sophocles’s Philoctetes a makeover and a new title, Paradise. This must be ironic because the…

What really happened at Troy?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Heinrich Schliemann had always hoped he’d find Homer’s Troy. Although he had no archaeological background to speak of, he did…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

Painting of Odysseus and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse (1891)

Could the Odyssey have been the work of a woman after all?

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Until recently, it seemed we were living in an age of Iliads. Since 2007, the ancient Homeric epic has been…

Homer Simpson meets Homer

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Milan Kundera has said that Homer’s Odyssey was the first novel. I’m not so sure — the verse kind of…

Harry’s Homer — a humorous history

25 July 2015 9:00 am

It was a certain unforgettable ex-girlfriend, Harry Mount confesses — named only as ‘S’ in his dedication — who came…

If all left-wing academics were as nice as John Sutherland, Taki would tolerate Hush Puppies

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Just before I left Gstaad for the Greek islands I went to dinner at Eugenie Radziwill’s, whose other guests included…