'Homer can help you': War veterans use ancient epics to cope

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A small group of military veterans at the University of Vermont is studying the 2,800-year-old works of the Greek poet Homer to help them cope with the aftereffects of modern combat.

In "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," Homer writes in detail familiar to modern soldiers about the discipline of war and the difficulties many service members face when they return home.

Homer-for-veterans is all the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart, who is now hoping for a grant that will allow her to expand the idea nationwide.

Discussion groups on Homer are also being offered at veterans centers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Maine Humanities Council has sponsored sessions for veterans in a jail in Maine. And the Navy SEALs are considering a program.

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