Book Club

Book Club | March 2019: Xenophon Memorabilia

"[Socrates] said that he often heard it stated that of all possessions the most precious is a good and sincere friend. “And yet,” he said, “there is no transaction most men are so careless about as the acquisition of friends. For I find that they are careful about getting houses and lands and slaves and cattle and furniture, and anxious to keep what they have; but though they tell one… Read more

Book Club | February 2019: Plutarch at Delphi

"Note also these inscriptions here, ‘Know thyself’ and ‘Avoid extremes,’ how many philosophic inquiries have they set on foot, and what a horde of discourses has sprung up from each, as from a seed ! And no less productive of discourse than any one of them, as I think, is the present subject of inquiry." This month's Book Club will comprise selections from Plutarch, who spent time as a priest… Read more

Book Club | January 2019: Plautus Rudens

To make a light-hearted start to the new year, this month's Book Club selection is a Roman comedy by Plautus, Rudens, "the Rope". As usual, the conversation will start and continue in the Forum, with Google Hangouts on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST. Read more

Book Club | November 2018: Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes

"Seven warriors, fierce regiment-commanders, slaughtered a bull over a black shield, and then touching the bull’s gore with their hands they swore an oath ... that either they will level the city [polis] and sack the Kadmeians’ town [astu] by force [biā], or will in death smear this soil with their blood." This month's Book Club selection is the Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus. The discussion starts and continues in the forum, and… Read more