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Polyphemus, the Cyclops whom is blinded by Odysseus and his men.


The story of Odysseus' return home after the Trojan War is probably the most commonly taught of all Greek myths. It is an excellent story that still resonates with modern readers centuries after its creation. Below are some materials I use to teach the Odyssey in my own classroom.  
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Worksheet  Many people don't realize that this hilarious movie by the Cohen brothers is actually based on the Odyssey. My students enjoy this movie on its own merit, but they also enjoy picking out the parallels between the journey of Odysseus and the journey of Ulysses "Everett" McGill and his buddies.  The linked worksheet helps them discover the parallels between the myth and the film.
Cold Mountain Summary  Another film, Cold Mountain (based on the Pulitzer Prize winner of the same name), parallels the Odyssey. Since the film is too graphic for high-schoolers, I use this summary of the movie to draw comparisons between the myth and the film. 


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