"I read to her from The Odyssey"
The Odyssey was one of two great epic poems attributed to Homer, the other being The Iliad. The date of the text is much disputed, but it is estimated that Homer lived c. 8th - 9th Century BC. It is one of the most important books in the Western canon – arguably Homer’s work is the earliest included – and chronicles the ten year journey home to Ithaca of the Greek hero Odysseus after the fall of Troy. At the time of its composition, the text was intended to be sung rather than written down, according to the oral tradition of the time; it is therefore appropriate, even poignant, that Michael reads excerpts from the text aloud to Hanna.