Volume 3, Issue 2, Fall 2006
M. Katherine Tillman
“Realizing” the Classical Authors
Newman’s Epic Journey in the Mediterranean
What is the significance of Newman’s Mediterranean Journey of 1832–1833? This essay provides a triple-framed response: historically, Newman’s journey was a postlude to his removal as a tutor of Oriel College and a prelude to the Oxford Movement; existentially, his journey was a “realization” of geographical learnings and philosophical ideas that had previously been “notional”; analogically, his journey had
fascinating parallels with the Oxonian classical “types” of Homer’s Odysseus and Virgil’s Aeneas.