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ODYSSEUS LANDS ON S. CALIFORNIA SHORE FOR NEW SHOW

Taking the long way home after the Trojan war, the Greek hero Odysseus sailed to many strange shores. He's landed on another one.

The hero of Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" is getting suitably classic lodgings: the J. Paul Getty Museum, a replica of an ancient Roman villa.The Getty, noted for its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, is co-producing a new dramatic presentation of "The Wanderings of Odysseus." Four-hour performances, which include a box supper, are scheduled Oct. 2-4, in an inner courtyard.

Director Rush Rhem, assistant professor in Stanford University department of drama, noted that "The Odyssey" was handed down by oral tradition: so, in a sense, it is more authentic to watch the work than to read it. A musician will play various ancient instruments, he said, including a rainstick "that sounds like falling water."

He said that although the performance isn't intended primarily as education, it may help museum-goers to better understand the world of the artists who created works on display.