About the Tour
This audio tour through the Ancient Greek Art galleries at the Metropolitan Museum is keyed to study of The Odyssey. By focusing on objects embodying or displaying ancient Greek values and cultural practices, the tour helps students better understand Homer’s poem. For example, vase paintings of women getting married or weaving correlate with depictions of Nausicaa or Penelope in The Odyssey. On this tour students can also see objects that illustrate, exemplify, or embody the Greek gods, warfare, the mythical past, the importance of honor and fame, the nature of ancient armor, and the high value placed on poetry and song. Short, relevant passages from The Odyssey are read aloud to make the connections to the poems even clearer.