Odysseus and the Art of Disappearing

Glenn Arbery examines the differences between Odysseus and Achilles.

In contrast to Achilles, Odysseus finds his integrity in misrepresenting who he is until the right moment. A master of disguises and plausible stories, he makes his way home in the Odyssey by subduing his desire for fame and recognition – except on the disastrous day when he brags to Cyclops and gives his name. This second lecture on Homer will consider the other side of appearance. How can a wise man use appearance to his advantage and still serve the truth? How much does pride of recognition get in the way of real and accomplishment.

Glenn Arbery

Senior Editor, People Newspapers and Adjunct Professor at University of Dallas

After finishing his degree at the University of Dallas, Glenn Arbery taught literature at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and Thomas More College in New Hampshire. In 1997, he returned to Dallas to become director of the Teachers Academy at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. For seven years there, he taught graduate courses and directed the Summer Institute for Teachers, an intensive graduate course in classic texts of the Western tradition. His Book "Why Literature Matters" appeared in 2001 from ISI Books. For the Dallas Institute Press, he edited "The Tragic Abyss," the third volume in the series on literary genre under the general editorship of Louise Cowan. In 2003, he became a senior editor with People Newspapers and a contributing editor of D Magazine, where he has won state, regional, and national awards for his writing. He is currently editing a collection of essays by the Southern critics John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and Donald Davidson.

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