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Imperial Winter Ball

A few months ago I was Artist in Residence at a charity gala. The same people very kindly invited me to the Imperial Winter Ball in Belgravia, an event to raise money for the Children’s Burns Trust. So once again, I turned up with my sketchbook and got to work. The dress code was black…

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Odyssey Summary 2: Ithaca

My summary of The Odyssey Books 13-24 is below this short discussion about xenia. Back to The Odyssey Summary: Books 1-12. The Odyssey and Xenia The Odyssey is a deeply complex text, but perhaps its most important theme is the sacred relationship between guest and host (the Greek word for this concept is xenia). Almost every part of The Odyssey…

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Odyssey Summary 1: Travels

A Very Quick Introduction to The Odyssey My book-by-book summary of The Odyssey is below; but first, a short introduction. Skip to The Odyssey Summary Part 2 The Odyssey is the oldest work of literature set in Europe. It’s a sort of sequel to The Iliad – its hero, Odysseus, was one of The Iliad’s supporting characters. The…

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