Catalog 2022-2023

Classics Odyssey Guide

Based on the Hendrix faculty’s longtime awareness of the educational value of engaged learning, the Odyssey Program was implemented in the fall of 2005 to encourage all Hendrix students to embark on educational adventures in experiential learning. While the graduation requirement includes the completion of an approved experience in at least three of the six Odyssey categories, the Program importantly allows students to learn more about themselves and the world around them. For more information, visit the Odyssey Program Info Hub.

Below you will find examples of ways students pursuing a major or minor in this department or program have encountered Odyssey. Remember that these are only suggested opportunities; students are encouraged to propose their own creative Odyssey projects. Further, Odyssey experiences do not need to be related to your major or minor.


Established Pathways to Odyssey through the Major

Special Projects

  • Latin 395: The Vulgate

Undergraduate Research

  • Latin 410: Advanced Readings and Research in Latin Literature
  • Greek 410: Advanced Readings and Research in Greek Literature


Additional Examples of Past Odyssey Experiences

Artistic Creativity

  • “Altering the Odyssey”, a project involving the application of erasure and altered-text techniques to Homer’s Odyssey

Global Awareness

  • “Bridging the Gap Between Ancient and Modern Languages and Literature in Greece,” a project comparing and contrasting the languages of ancient and modern Greece as well as ancient and modern travel literature about Greece

Professional and Leadership Development

  • “Etymologies Teaching Assistant Position at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth,” a project exploring teaching as a vocation and a set of skills while helping students learn about Latin and Greek elements in English vocabulary

Special Projects

  • “The Perception and Presentation of the Parthenon: Nashville, London, and Athens,” a project analyzing the various ways in which the Parthenon is represented and encountered at Nashville’s Centennial Park, the British Museum, and the Athenian Acropolis

Undergraduate Research

  • “Translating Horace through Time,” a project using the resources of the British Library to examine how a particular poem by the Roman poet Horace has been translated into English across the centuries



Latin 395 carries SP credit but is not a required or guaranteed course within the major.

The descriptions of other projects are provided as examples of what past students have done and are in no way meant to be limiting or definitive.  Students are encouraged to talk with the Classics faculty about ways in which the Odyssey program can provide a framework for exploring their own interests in ancient Greece and Rome and the reception of Classical antiquity.

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