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2014 – 2015 programs
2,500 Year Anniversary of Comedy Webinar
Join Professor Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at Cambridge University, and Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, for a free Webinar May 11 celebrating the 2,500-year anniversary of the first comedy introduced in Athens in 486 BC. For information and registration:
2,500 Year Anniversary of Comedy Reading Group
In 2015 we’ll be celebrating the 2,500-year comedy anniversary with a global reading group focusing on key plays by Aristophanes. More information and registration:
Herodotus Reading Group
We’ve been reading the wonderful Herodotus starting in September 2014.
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I’m pleased to report that the New York Times this month selected Dying Every Day, by Reading Odyssey Board Member James Romm, as one of 2014’s 100 Notable Books. The Bard College classics professor dives into the painful moral ambiguity embodied in Seneca, Stoic philosopher and tutor to the Roman Emperor Nero. It’s a fascinating story that defies simplistic judgment. You can read the Times review of the book here.
Our fourth session of the fall Herodotus reading group was held on Wednesday, December 10 2014. We had a great call and discussed book 6.
Below is a link to listen. Enjoy!
We really enjoyed the final Lucretius reading group session on Monday, November 24 2014.
We also had a special guest join us – Professor James Romm, James H Ottaway Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Bard College, joined us and talked about Lucretius.
You can listen to the discussion here:
We held our second Lucretius reading group on Monday, October 27 2014. Below is a link to listen:
Our second session of the fall Herodotus reading group was held on Wednesday, October 15 2014. We discussed books 2 and 3.
Below is a link to listen. Enjoy!
We held our first Lucretius reading group on Monday, September 22. We had a great call! Below is a link to listen:
We kicked off the 2014-2015 Herodotus reading group on Wednesday, September 17 2014.
We had a great discussion!
Here’s an mp3 link to listen:
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: