Book Club

Book Club | August 2020: Quintus Smyrnaeus Fall of Troy 10–14

For August, we will complete our "long summer read" of the Fall of Troy, or Posthomerica, by Quintus Smyrnaeus. This month, we will read Books 10–14, which include the death of Paris, further fighting, the construction of the Trojan Horse, the sack of Troy, and the Returns. Discussion will start and continue in the forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, August 25, at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more

Book Club | July 2020: Quintus Smyrnaeus Fall of Troy 5–9

This month we continue our "long summer read" of The Fall of Troy, or Posthomerica, by Quintus Smyrnaeus. For July, we will read Books 5–9, which feature the contest for the arms of Achilles, Eurypylos the son of Telephos, Neoptolemos, and the death of Eurypylos. Discussion will start and continue in the forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more

Book Club | June 2020: Quintus Smyrnaeus Fall of Troy 1–4

"... peerless amid all the Amazons unto Troy-town Penthesileia came. To right, to left, from all sides hurrying thronged the Trojans, greatly marvelling, when they saw the tireless War-god's child, the mailed maid, like to the blessed gods; for in her face glowed beauty glorious and terrible. Her smile was ravishing: beneath her brows, her love-enkindling eyes shone like to stars, and with the crimson rose of shamefastness bright were… Read more

Book Club | May 2020: Aulus Gellius Attic Nights Book 1

"...whenever I had taken in hand any Greek or Latin book, or had heard anything worth remembering, I used to jot down whatever took my fancy, of any and every kind, without any definite plan or order; and such notes I would lay away as an aid to my memory, like a kind of literary storehouse, so that when the need arose of a word or a subject which I… Read more

Book Club | April 2020: Barker/Christensen Homer’s Thebes

"The city of Thebes has always been of interest to scholars working within mythographical and literary traditions, precisely because its presence looms large in our corpus of extant textual and especially non-textual sources. Looming even larger is the absence of a monumental epic to encapsulate its story in the manner that the Iliad and Odyssey do for the Troy story." Our Book Club readings are from Homer's Thebes: Epic Rivalries… Read more