The 11th and 12th rhapsodies of the “The Odyssey” will be presented at National Archaeological Museum this Sunday, as part of its audience participation public readings programme “Let’s read the Odyssey”. The programme is held on the last Sunday of each month, with composer Nikos Xanthoulis presenting two rhapsodies from Homer’s epic each time with the help of any members of the audience that wish to read in public and discover the secrets of prosody.
The readings start at 11:00, using a translation by Zisimos Sideris, and the readings last two hours.
In this Sunday’s readings, the hero Odysseus travels to the Underworld to consult the seer Teiresias and meets the shades of his dead comrades and his mother Antikleia, who reveal things past and present. He then returns to Circe’s isle and learns of the dangers he and his crew will face, such as the sirens and the clashing rocks, Scylla and Charybdis.
Those wishing to attend are asked to book in advance by phone, since there is a restricted number of places (30). Bookings are valid up to 15 minutes before the start. Those wishing to read must inform the museum when booking and collect the extract they will read on their arrival at the museum’s information desk. Participation is free of charge.
(The photograph shows a 4th century B.C. copper statuette from Katafylli, Karditsa of Scylla threatening an opponent with a rock, while fending them off with a rudder or oar in her left hand.)