Roman

Book Club | April 2021: Fables of Phaedrus

"What from the founder Esop fell, In neat familiar verse I tell: Twofold's the genius of the page, To make you smile and make you sage." This month's Book Club selection are the Fables of the Roman writer Phaedrus. You can read whatever selection you wish. As always, discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom at 11 a.m. EDT, on Tuesday April 27. Read more

Book Club | November 2020: Pliny the Younger Letters

"The sea seemed to roll back upon itself, and to be driven from its banks by the convulsive motion of the earth; it is certain at least the shore was considerably enlarged, and several sea animals were left upon it. On the other side, a black and dreadful cloud, broken with rapid, zigzag flashes, revealed behind it variously shaped masses of flame: these last were like sheet-lightning, but much larger."… Read more

Book Club | October 2020: Virgil Georgics

"What should I tell of autumn’s storms, and stars, and what men must watch for when the daylight shortens, and summer becomes more changeable..." Our October selection is from the Roman poet Virgil: the pastoral poem Georgics. Discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, October 27 at 11 a.m. EDT. 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 | February 2020: Ovid’s The Art of Love

"Should anyone here not know the art of love, read this, and learn by reading how to love. By art the boat’s set gliding, with oar and sail, by art the chariot’s swift: love’s ruled by art." Inspired by Valentine's Day, our selection this month is Ovid's The Art of Love, or Ars Amatoria. Discussion will start and continue in the forum, and we will meet via video link on… Read more