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Philologist Irene Vallejo: ‘Alexander the Great’s library was the first step towards the internet’
The Spanish writer on how Papyrus, her bestselling history of literature in the ancient world, changed her life at a difficult moment, and why it’s a mistake to undervalue books

John Self

05, Nov, 2022 @6:00 PM

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National Theatre to stage The Odyssey in ‘epic’ retelling around England
Parts to be staged in Stoke, Doncaster, Trowbridge and Sunderland using local writers and amateur casts before finale in London

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

20, Apr, 2022 @5:01 AM

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I lost my underwear on the trail of Odysseus in Ithaca, Greece
Research for a new guide book meant climbing a rock face on the Greek island crucial in Homer’s story, then crawling through spiky undergrowth. An epic in itself

Nigel Summerley

01, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Rutland’s Roman mosaics bring the Trojan Wars to life in the East Midlands
Recently discovered scenes from Homer’s Iliad show how the influence of the epic poem spread far and wide

Natalie Haynes

28, Nov, 2021 @10:30 AM

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The Guardian view on a hidden history of poetry: it depends where you look | Editorial
Editorial: An ancient Greek graffito points to an overlooked culture of popular verse


12, Sep, 2021 @4:57 PM

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Top 10 verse novels | Sarah Crossan
From Homer’s classical epic to Kae Tempest’s mythic struggles in modern London, these books show that poetry can be more immediate than prose

Sarah Crossan

30, Sep, 2020 @12:00 PM

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New Movement Collective review – eerie journeys into Auster and Homer
There are striking moments in the films of this dance group’s performances, inspired by New York Trilogy and The Odyssey

Lyndsey Winship

13, Apr, 2020 @5:45 PM

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Got 150 hours? Great audiobooks to listen to on lockdown
From Ian McKellen reading Homer to Bill Bryson on the body, these audiobooks can expand your horizons, even when you can’t go out

Steven Poole

25, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Top 10 mentors in fiction
From Homer to Hilary Mantel, these inspiring, sometimes ambiguous figures are a perennial flint-spark for storytelling

Benjamin Myers

04, Mar, 2020 @12:32 PM

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Top 10 books about the human cost of war | Maaza Mengiste
The novelist explains how literature illuminates soldiers’ experience, and how it helped her depict the women who fought Mussolini in Ethiopia

Maaza Mengiste

29, Jan, 2020 @12:14 PM

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Top 10 books about toxic masculinity
The term may be new, but as stories from Homer to Henry James show, the behaviour is anything but

Ani Katz

08, Jan, 2020 @12:17 PM

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Jasper Griffin obituary
Influential Oxford classicist who brought new insights to the study of the Iliad and the Odyssey

Philomen Probert

07, Jan, 2020 @6:16 PM

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