Gods And Monsters – Homer’s Odyssey With Simon Armitage – Poet Simon Armitage undertakes his own Greek adventure, sailing in the footsteps of one of his personal heroes, Odysseus, while asking himself “do I even like the guy?”
From the rubble of Troy in western Turkey to the Ionian island of Ithaka, Simon sweeps across the stunningly beautiful Mediterranean, colliding with Cyclopes and Sirens and even visiting Hell itself. Along the way he loses himself in the ancient poem’s mesmerising verse, and meets a few of today’s Greeks – including the commander of a modern Hellenic warship, whom he hopes might just retain a trace of Odysseus’s heroic DNA.
Odysseus dreamed of his beloved wife Penelope and his home in Ithaka, yet it took him 10 years to get there when it should have taken 10 weeks. Simon ponders the obvious question – was Odysseus a playboy with a penchant for half-naked demi-goddesses and six-headed monsters, a very bad sailor or simply a man who liked to travel and meet people?
Gods And Monsters – Homer’s Odyssey With Simon Armitage will be shown as part of the BBC’s Ancient Worlds Season.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011
Source: BBC Press Office