Book Club

Book Club | February 2021: Plutarch Parallel Lives

" appears, first of all, that Theseus, of his own choice,...of his own accord reached out after great achievements; whereas Romulus, to escape present servitude and impending punishment ... proceeded to perform great exploits under compulsion." Back in February 2019, we read Plutarch's account of practices at Delphi. Now, our next Book Club selection is from Plutarch's Parallel Lives, perhaps his most famous work. Discussion will start and continue in… Read more

Book Club | January 2021: Hippocrates

"I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract." Our Book Club readings for January are from Hippocrates, the so-called "Father of Medicine". Discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26 at 11… Read more

Book Club | Winter 2021

As usual, over the holiday season there will be no Book Club in December, but we will resume in the new year when we will be reading selections from non-fiction texts. Here is a preview of what is coming up; look out for announcements at the beginning of January, February, and March with details of the selections, links to free online versions, and the dates for live discussions. Read more

Book Club | November 2020: Pliny the Younger Letters

"The sea seemed to roll back upon itself, and to be driven from its banks by the convulsive motion of the earth; it is certain at least the shore was considerably enlarged, and several sea animals were left upon it. On the other side, a black and dreadful cloud, broken with rapid, zigzag flashes, revealed behind it variously shaped masses of flame: these last were like sheet-lightning, but much larger."… Read more

Book Club | October 2020: Virgil Georgics

"What should I tell of autumn’s storms, and stars, and what men must watch for when the daylight shortens, and summer becomes more changeable..." Our October selection is from the Roman poet Virgil: the pastoral poem Georgics. Discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, October 27 at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more