Book Club

Book Club | October 2021: Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot

"What was Agamemnon like as a character for Homer and his audience? More fundamentally, how should we approach the topic of characterization itself, following the discoveries of Milman Parry, Albert Lord, and their successors?" For October, we will read Andrew Porter’s Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer, available at the Center for Hellenic Studies website. Discussion starts and continues in the Forum, and via Zoom on Tuesday, October… Read more

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