Book Club

Book Club | January 2019: Plautus Rudens

To make a light-hearted start to the new year, this month's Book Club selection is a Roman comedy by Plautus, Rudens, "the Rope". As usual, the conversation will start and continue in the Forum, with Google Hangouts on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST. Read more

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