Book Club

Book Club | August 2021: Apuleius Metamorphoses VII–XI

"I was harnessed to what seemed the largest wheel of the mill: my head was covered with a sack and I was at once given a shove along the curving track of its circular bed." This month we will finish reading Lucius Apuleius' Metamorphoses, with ongoing discussion in the Forum, and Zoom on Tuesday August 31 at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more

Book Club | July 2021: Apuleius Metamorphoses I–VI

"I’d like to string together various tales in the Milesian style, and charm your kindly ear with seductive murmurs, so long as you’re ready to be amazed at human forms and fortunes changed radically and then restored in turn in mutual exchange, and don’t object to reading Egyptian papyri." We will read I–VI from Apuleius, Metamorphoses, discuss in the Forum, and meet via Zoom on Tuesday July 27 at 11… Read more

Book Club | June 2021: Bring Your Own

Our next Book Club selection is different this month. You can bring your own selection, one book that you like or dislike, and share your thoughts about it. You can read any book you like, whether primary or secondary source. We will start and continue discussion in the Forum, where you can post your selection, and will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, June 29, at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more

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

Book Club | February 2021: Plutarch Parallel Lives

"...it 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