These lectures combined with reading a translation of Homer's text has to be one of the best ways to become familiar with The Odyssey
. I used these lectures to get ready for a meeting with a "Great Books" reading group. There were many people in this group that were more knowledgeable about Homer and this epic than I was. But because of my exposure to these novels I was able to keep up with the flow of conversation.
The final lecture of the twelve is an interesting discussion of the archeological work in the vicinity of ancient Troy.