Odysseus: Patron Hero of the Liberal Arts

By |2019-02-25T14:28:17-05:00February 4th, 2019|

Odysseus has the art we need. I think he came by it through a rare combination of acutely honed cleverness and deep-souled imagination; we can acquire it by education. This art, the art of discovering significance, is the art of interpretation... I am to write about my hero Odysseus and to connect him to Liberal [...]

Liberal Education and the “Much-Enduring” Odysseus

By |2019-01-25T08:46:09-05:00January 19th, 2019|

The epithet “much-enduring” is often associated with moments when we see the interplay between Odysseus’ self-knowledge and his ability to use his experience to judge and adapt himself to circumstances; between his enduring self and purpose, and the many-ness of his schemes and courses of action... Editor’s Note: This essay is part of a series [...]

Love, Ancient and Modern

By |2018-12-08T21:36:00-05:00December 8th, 2018|

“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.” The opening words to Homer’s Odyssey are among the most famous and recognizable in Western literature. That beginning stanza captures so much of the human condition and [...]

Do You Know What an Odyssey Is?

By |2018-11-21T08:38:33-05:00October 22nd, 2018|

My title is a question: “Do you know what an odyssey is?” I am asking each of you to ask yourself: “Do I know what an odyssey is?” In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around [...]

Homer’s Epic of the Family

By |2018-10-17T10:47:08-05:00October 16th, 2018|

This is the ultimate message of Homer’s two epics: Where family is found, life is found; where family is found, true beauty is found; where family is found, piety is found; where family is dissolved, only death and destruction follows... The Trojan War, for our Homeric heroes, begins with marital infidelity and succumbing to temptation, [...]

Modeling Manhood: From Homer to Paul

By |2018-09-29T21:49:41-05:00October 6th, 2018|

In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, a Greek war hero faces imposing challenges in his long journey home. After decimating the armies of Troy, King Odysseus sets out for Ithaca only to find himself wrestling against more formidable foes. For ten years the whims of gods and the winds of fate hinder his journey, while a [...]

Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the “Odyssey” & “Iliad”

By |2018-11-21T08:38:34-05:00September 24th, 2018|

Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey and the Iliad (326 pages, Paul Dry Books, 2002) "Reading Homer's poems is one of the purest, most inexhaustible pleasures life has to offer—a secret somewhat too well kept in our time. The aim of this book is to tell anyone who might care–first-time, second-time, or third-time [...]

The Family & the Orchard: The Story of Civilization in the “Odyssey”

By |2018-09-20T22:38:08-05:00September 20th, 2018|

The planting of trees in the orchard—the passing down of tradition, of the moral wisdom of the past, of the torch of life, and of the beauty of life’s simplest but richest and pleasures—produces the great harvest of joy that culminates in the final chapters of the Odyssey... Editor’s Note: Imaginative Conservative Senior Contributor Mitchell Kalpakgian passed [...]

Do You Know What an Odyssey Is?

By |2019-02-18T02:15:15-05:00June 4th, 2018|

An odyssey is an adventurous and searching journey, or an intellectual or spiritual quest. It is the proper name for the life of learning. One can shape one’s own odyssey into a journey that lacks neither enchantment nor definition… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Eva [...]

Wounded Beauty

By |2018-02-20T15:20:12-05:00February 20th, 2018|

Why should the sins of the guilty cause suffering to the guiltless? If God could prevent such suffering of the innocent victims of sin but refrains from doing so, isn’t he also to blame? Isn’t he in some way an accessory to the sin? In other words, how can a good God permit bad [...]

Enchantment, Realism, and the Imagination

By |2018-11-19T20:36:58-05:00August 5th, 2017|

Longing for the enchanted world underlies the poetic imagination, but it’s the light of common day that we inhabit, thus we should value realism in the imaginative realm… One of the themes of frequent discussion at Wyoming Catholic College is Charles Taylor’s idea of disenchantment—the disappearance in modern times of an “enchanted” relation to [...]

Homer’s “Odyssey” Is a Gift

By |2018-08-15T15:12:46-05:00April 9th, 2017|

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.” So begins Homer’s Odyssey. Long ago I launched my ship in pursuit of the true, the good, and [...]

The Poetic Renewal of the World

By |2016-09-16T17:42:24-05:00August 7th, 2016|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Glenn Arbery as he contemplates the importance of poetry to a well-formed soul. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Last year when Dr. Kevin Roberts and I first met with the senior class in a course we were co-teaching, Dr. Roberts asked [...]

“Ulysses”

By |2017-06-12T16:08:11-05:00August 7th, 2016|

It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees: All times [...]