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Book Club | October 2022: Bacchylides

"Silence is no ornament for a successful man. With remembrance of fine deeds a man will also sing the gracious recompense made by the honey-voiced Cean nightingale." This month we are reading poems of Bacchylides. Discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 EDT.

Trees and wood | Part 3: Mythological trees

"... Sinis used to take hold of pine trees and draw them down. All those whom he overcame in fight he used to tie to the trees, and then allow them to swing up again. Thereupon ... the bound man...was torn in two. This was the way in which Sinis himself was slain by Theseus." I looked for examples of…

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Book Club | October 2022: Bacchylides

"Silence is no ornament for a successful man. With remembrance of fine deeds a man will also sing the gracious recompense made by the honey-voiced Cean nightingale." This month we are reading poems of Bacchylides. Discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 EDT. Read more

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