The If Odyssey A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8 - 16-Year-Olds by Peter Worley

The If Odyssey A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8 - 16-Year-Olds

Written by Peter Worley
Illustrated by Tamar Levi


The If Odyssey A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8 - 16-Year-Olds by Peter Worley

The If Odyssey draws out the philosophy that lies behind each story in Homer's epic tale to introduce children not only to the exciting fables of Odysseus, but also to that other great Ancient Greek tradition, philosophy. Explore with Odysseus the value of happiness, non-existent entities, moral dilemmas, the philosophy of prophecy, and the nature of love among many other philosophical issues. From the author of The If Machine, this book offers stories and session plans suitable for use across the curriculum with children aged 8-16. Online you'll find maps of Odysseus' journey, The Words of Tiresias that provides clues for the children as to Odysseus' progress and an Ancient Greek language workshop with accompanying worksheets. You can use the 'Storykit' section, which provides hints and tips on storytelling skills, to bring the tales of The Odyssey to life and stimulate independent, critical thinking with your class.


This imaginative journey through the events of Homer's Odyssey will delight and engage children and adults in a philosophical adventure. Worley offers a masterful guide, providing rich philosophical questions and a clearly outlined method to support teachers in nurturing creative and critical thinking in their students. He has interwoven ethics, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, social philosophy, aesthetics into a narrative 'odyssey', using the iconic story of the human search for truth, beauty and goodness. I can easily see this text being adopted in elementary, secondary and even college level.

David Stuttard, writer, classical historian and author of Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Greek Olympics

About the Author

Peter Worley teaches philosophy in schools every week. He is a Resident Philosopher at 6 state primary schools in London and he is the founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation (, a charity that specialises in philosophy in primary and secondary schools, based in the UK. Peter has over 20 years' experience in teaching and regularly gives talks and presentations about philosophy in schools. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London. Tamar Levi is an author and illustrator based in London, UK and has her own website: Tamar is also researching a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Roehampton University, UK. Angie Hobbs is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Sheffield University.

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208 pages


Peter Worley
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Continuum Publishing Corporation

Publication date

4th October 2012



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