Book Club

Book Club | June 2018: Catullus

Our Book Club readings for this month are selections from the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus, whose themes include love, lust, and Roman life. We will start the discussion in the Forum, and there will be a Google Hangout on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. EDT—the link will be posted in the Forum at that time. Read more

Book Club | May 2018: Sophocles Ajax

"I'll find some isolated place and then inter my sword, of all my weapons the one I most despise. I'll dig the earth where no one else will see. Then let Night and Hades keep it there below the ground." The Book Club selection for this month is the Ajax of Sophocles. The discussion will start in the forum, and we will meet via Google+ Hangout at 11 a.m. EDT… Read more

Book Club | April 2018: The Tears of Achilles

"In an epic text, how were poets able to represent emotion? How can we understand today their way of speaking? Did Achilles “copy” the behavior of warriors from those distant times? Or might it be the reverse: did the epic influence certain real behaviors?" Our Book Club selection for April is taken from Hélène Monsacré: The Tears of Achilles, newly available online at CHS in an English translation. Read more

Forthcoming Book Club selections | Spring 2018

Here is a foretaste of what is to come during Spring 2018 at the Book Club, in which we read selections from secondary sources and from ancient Greek and Roman primary texts. Look out for further announcements in April, May, and June with details of the selections, links to free online versions, and the hangout dates. We are all looking forward to future conversations. Read more