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 | June 2017: Virgil Aeneid Books 7 & 8

"When Aeneas now The tribute of sepulchral vows had paid Beside the funeral mound, and o'er the seas Stillness had fallen, he flung forth his sails, And leaving port pursued his destined way. Freshly the night-winds breathe; the cloudless moon Outpours upon his path unstinted beam, And with far-trembling glory smites the sea." Read more

The fate of the Aeneid: A burning question

We have all heard stories of "book burnings" that leave us with a sense of horror at the irretrievable loss of priceless literary and artistic treasures. In some cases, as in the burning of the Library of Alexandria, the true cause of the burning will probably never be known. In other cases, a specific political intent to suppress the content of the books is the cause, as in widespread book… Read more