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Book Club | July 2022: Constitution of the Lacedaemonians

"Sparta, though among the most thinly populated of states, was evidently the most powerful and most celebrated city in Greece." For July we will be reading Xenophon's Constitution of the Lacedaemonians. Discussion starts and continues in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Trees and wood | Part 1: Homer and Hesiod

Having come across across references to trees and to wooden construction in the Iliad and Odyssey, my curiosity was piqued, and I decided to gather a few examples where wood and trees were mentioned, to try and better understand what these meant in Homeric and Hesiodic poetry. Are there any special associations with trees or using wood? What kinds of…

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1:00 pm Virgil Georgics Book I
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4:00 pm Plato’s Phaedo
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6:00 am Odyssey Study Group (Phaeacians)
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11:30 am Odyssey Study Group (Mnēmai)
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1:00 pm Iliad Study Group (Scamandrians)
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Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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4:00 pm Odyssey Study Group (Pylians)
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10:00 am Latin
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Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Latin
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3:00 pm Antigone Translation
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Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Antigone Translation
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11:00 am Herodotus Translation Study Group
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14
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1:00 pm Virgil Georgics Book I
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Having come across across references to trees and to wooden construction in the Iliad and Odyssey, my curiosity was piqued, and I decided to gather a few examples where wood and trees were mentioned, to try and better understand what these meant in Homeric and Hesiodic poetry. Are there any special associations with trees or using wood? What kinds of trees are mentioned? Read more

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