Book Club

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

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 | September 2020: Plato Timaeus and Critias

"Looking towards the sea, but in the centre of the whole island, there was a plain which is said to have been the fairest of all plains and very fertile. Near the plain again, and also in the centre of the island at a distance of about fifty stadia, there was a mountain not very high on any side." Our September Book Club selection comprises two dialogues of Plato which… Read more