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Modern Artist Brings The Odyssey Back to Ithaca

By: By Sam Nolan,  The Cornell Daily Sun
October 24, 2017

In place of Odysseus’s 20 years at sea, Joe Goodkin only needed a guitar to bring a fresh version of the Odyssey back to Ithaca.

Musician Joe Goodkin performed Joe’s Odyssey, a modern western musical adaption of Homer’s The Odyssey, using an acoustic guitar and his vocals at an event hosted by the
department of Classics this Tuesday.

Goodkin felt, because Homer’s version already existed and was quite good, focusing on the narrative aspect of the story would be misguided. Instead he was more interested in “portraying the emotions and recreating the feelings present during The Odyssey.”

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