Homer's Odyssey (Streaming Video Course)

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NOTE: Your digital Course Guide PDF for this video series will be available to download in your Order History after checkout or you can find it in your Lesson Plan if you are already enrolled.

Why Should a Catholic Study Homer? 

Join us on a journey of learning with Dr. Henry Russell’s course Homer’s Odyssey: The World Without Fathers. Dr. Henry Russell is headmaster of St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program and author of The Catholic Shakespeare Audio Series.

These ancient texts and the worldview they represent are part of the pre-Christian era and so lack the revelation of Jesus Christ. However, because men of all times and places are made for God, all civilizations reveal the pursuit of truth and represent it in partial glimpses. Ancient Greek texts such as the Odyssey often transcend their time and even pave the way for the fullness of truth found in the Catholic faith. 

This course explores those partial truths in the light of Christ, which allows us to deepen our understanding of the ancient world from which Western Civilization sprang. Not only are the core philosophies of this course Catholic, and the aim of its exploration aligned with the Faith and revelation, but Dr. Russell also begins every lecture in prayer. Through this ancient text, the course forms students in both mind and heart for a deeper love and appreciation of God’s promise of the Redeemer and his incarnation as man.

In-Depth Analysis

Dr. Russell trains students in the art of rigorous conversation with literary texts. The course covers Homer’s Odyssey in its entirety while analyzing key themes such as:

    • What makes an epic and an epic’s characteristics
    • Universal human questions as explored in the story of The Odyssey
    • The necessity of fatherhood and the family 

You don’t want to miss this deeply Catholic journey into classical literature. 


    1. Introduction to the Epics
    2. Quest, Justice, and Conquest
    3. Agon, Kingship, and Kinship
    4. The King's House and the Making of a Hero
    5. The Polis and Fathered Society
    6. The Glory of Marriage
    7. Divine Kalypso & The Second Temptation
    8. Phaiakia, Songs and Games
    9. Bad Habits and Adventure
    10. Men Earn Their Doom
    11. Lessons of the Dead & More Gifts of Circe
    12. Homecoming and The Last Shall Be First
    13. The Son, Heroic Courtesy and Humiliations
    14. Selfish Beggar, Disgraceful Masters, & Intuitions
    15. The Test of the Bow and Slaying of Suitors
    16. Penelope's Test and Divine Justice
Lecture Sample

Homeschooling Products

These 16 lectures are both deeply Catholic and highly intellectual, but eminently accessible to high school students. The Homeschooling Set includes the Streaming Video and Homeschooling Course Guide. Each Course Guide contains everything needed for a student to complete the course, including:
    • Lesson Plan
    • Quizzes
    • Final Essay
    • Lecture Notes
    • Answer Key
Henry Russell, PhD
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1 Review

  • 5
    Excellent lectures. The length of

    Posted by Victor L. on Jul 25th 2022

    Excellent lectures. The length of each segment is perfect. I really like how he introduces each lesson and gives you a preview of the upcoming one. Good mixture of lecture and slide/text presentation. Very good comparisons with todays society.