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Book Club | May 2021: Lysias Orations

"If I believed it possible, friends who are attending this burial, to set forth in speech the valor of the men who lie here, I should have reproved those who gave me but a few days’ notice of having to speak over them." Our next Book Club selection is Lysias: Orations. Of those orations which have survived, some are speeches made during legal cases, while others are in praise or… Read more

Debt in Ancient Athens and Solon’s Reforms

As long as people have been trading with each other, they have created debt. And as long as people have created debt, some have been unable to pay what they owe. This was as true in ancient Athens as it is today. Before about the 6th century BCE in Attica, among a population consisting primarily of peasants and small farmers, borrowing occurred among members of local communities. Read more

Everlasting Glory in Athens

"But that which brought most delightful adornment to Athens, and the greatest amazement to the rest of mankind; that which alone now testifies for Hellas that her ancient power and splendor, of which so much is told, was no idle fiction,—I mean his construction of sacred edifice…(Athens) should apply her abundance to such works as, by their completion, will bring her everlasting glory" Read more

Book Club | March 2021: Diogenes Laertius Lives of Eminent Philosophers

"So much for the beginnings of philosophy, its subsequent developments, its various parts, and the number of the philosophic sects. ... It remains to speak of the philosophers themselves..." This month's Book Club comprises selections from Diogenes Laertius Lives of Eminent Philosophers. We will start and continue discussion in the forum, and will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30 at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more