'Homer Can Help You': War Veterans Use Ancient Epics to Cope

Professor Roberta Stewart’s course, in which veterans read Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, is spreading to other colleges. Reading Homer can help veterans cope with their own struggles, says Stewart.  Reading Homer can help veterans cope with their own struggles, says Stewart.


A small group of military veterans has been meeting weekly in a classroom at the University of Vermont to discuss "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" for college credit — and to give meaning to their own experiences, equating the close-order discipline of men who fought with spears, swords and shields to that of men and women who do battle these days with laser-guided munitions.


Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart, who is now hoping for a grant that will allow her to expand the idea nationwide. The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding.

Read about Professor Stewart in the Dartmouth News and the New York Times
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