The nonprofit Reading Odyssey is a partnership between scholars and readers with a mission to help more adults reignite their curiousity and lifelong learning.
2014 – 2015 programs
Herodotus Reading Group
We will be reading the wonderful Herodotus starting in September 2014. Please join us for this global reading group. More information and registration:
Lucretius Reading Group
We will also be reading Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things) beginning in September 2014. Here is the link to register:
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On May 14 2014, the Reading Odyssey hosted a conversation with two of our Board members, Professors Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor at Cambridge University, and James Romm, Director of Classical Studies Program at Bard College, about the wonderful Herodotus. They were each involved with the publications of new Herodotus translations and joined us for a great discussion.
Here’s a link to listen to our Herodotus Salon with these great classicists talking about the two new translations and the marvelous Herodotus. Enjoy!
Sarah Ruden graciously joined us for our final Aeneid reading session on Monday, May 12 2014 to discuss her beautiful translation of the Aeneid!
Sarah Ruden, an award-winning journalist and poet, was born and raised in rural Ohio and educated at the University of Michigan (B.A), Johns Hopkins (M.F.A., Creative Writing), and Harvard (Ph.D., Classical Philology). She lived and worked in Africa for 10 years, was recently a fellow at Yale Divinity School, and is now a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University.
Here’s a link to listen:
Here’s an mp3 link to listen to our third Aeneid reading group on Monday April 21, 2014:
Here’s an mp3 link to listen to our second Aeneid reading group on Monday, March 3rd, 2014:
We kicked off the 2014 Aeneid reading group on Monday, Feb 3, 2014.
We had a great discussion!
Here’s an mp3 link to listen:
The parents of students at New York’s Nightingale-Bamford School ran reading groups with the Reading Odyssey for the second year in a row.
These groups, which met in person in the evening at Nightingale, were run by parents and for parents. This year they read Homer’s Odyssey and in the attached podcast they have an end-of-book discussion with Reading Odyssey board member, Professor Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History and A.G. Leventis Chair of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.
After the success of these groups, Reading Odyssey has decided to further develop reading groups with parents of students at schools around the country (as well as through other organizations). We are currently working on plans for 2014 to start an annual reading of Homer’s Odyssey that would begin January 2014 and culminate in a global webinar with Professor Cartledge and other scholars.
More information on that initiative soon. Meantime, below is the podcast from May 13, 2013 with the parents of Nightingale students and Professor Cartledge.