Book Club

Book Club | November 2018: Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes

"Seven warriors, fierce regiment-commanders, slaughtered a bull over a black shield, and then touching the bull’s gore with their hands they swore an oath ... that either they will level the city [polis] and sack the Kadmeians’ town [astu] by force [biā], or will in death smear this soil with their blood." This month's Book Club selection is the Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus. The discussion starts and continues in the forum, and… Read more

Book Club | October 2018: Plato Ion

"Hold it right there. Tell me this, Ion—respond to what I ask without concealment. When you say well the epic verses and induce a feeling of bedazzlement for the spectators...are you then in your right mind, or outside yourself? Does your mind, possessed by the god, suppose that you are in the midst of the actions you describe in Ithaca or Troy, or wherever the epic verses have it?" This… Read more

Book Club | September 2018: The Anger of Achilles: Mênis in Greek Epic

"The subject of the Iliad is the anger of Achilles, not Achilles himself. But what is this anger of his?" In this month's Book Club selection we will be reading how Leonard Muellner uses the insights of Albert Lord on epic themes, and looks at such anger not as a universal feeling but as culture-specific. "Ultimately, a wide-eyed journey into the world of epic and its mightiest feelings stands to… Read more

Forthcoming Book Club selections | Fall 2018

Here is a foretaste of what is to come during Fall 2018 at the Book Club, in which we will be reading selections from secondary sources and from ancient Greek primary texts. Look out for further announcements in September, October, and November, with details of the selections, links to free online versions, and the hangout dates. We are all looking forward to future conversations. Read more

Book Club | August 2018: Argonautica, Books 3 & 4

"Hereupon Jason snatched the golden fleece from the oak, at the maiden bidding; and she, standing firm, smeared with the charm the monster's head... so at that time did Jason uplift the mighty fleece in his hands; and from the shimmering of the flocks of wool there settled on his fair cheeks and brow a red flush like a flame." This month we complete our reading of Argonautica with Books… Read more