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The nonprofit Reading Odyssey is a partnership between scholars and readers with a mission to help more adults reignite their curiousity and lifelong learning.

See our Board of Directors and apply for a spot in our internship program.

 

2015-2016 Programs

Livy Discussion Group (phone-based)
We’ll be tackling this great Roman historian starting September 2015. For information and to sign up go to:
http://Livy2015.eventbrite.com

Web presence

We are currently redesigning our web presence, digital archive and social media strategy.

See our search and tags to the right for more information on previous books from Aristotle to Darwin and Shakespeare. Thank you.

15. May 2015 by Phil Terry
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Comedy 2500 with Bob Mankoff and Paul Cartledge

Listen to our celebration of the 2,500-year anniversary of the birth of comedy – a great conversation with Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, and Professor Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus, Cambridge University.

Our discussion included the introduction of the first Comedy in Athens, the role of comedy in a democracy, freedom of expression, the history of comedy, and the recent Charlie Hebdo controversy.

Below is a link to listen to the audio:

Download Bob Mankoff’s slides here.

Thanks,

Kristen

14. May 2015 by Kristen Kmiec
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Aristophanes – Frogs of 405 BC

We held our final reading session for the 2,500-year anniversary of the first comedy on Monday, April 13 at 8pm.

We discussed Aristophanes’ Frogs of 405 BC. Thanks to all who participated!

Here is a link to listen:

 

Thanks,

Kristen

16. April 2015 by Kristen Kmiec
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Final Herodotus Session with Professor Paul Cartledge!

We held our final 2014-2015 Herodotus reading group session on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm.

We were very excited to have Professor Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor at Cambridge University, one of the most distinguished classicists living today join us for our discussion.

Here is a link to listen:

Thanks!

Kristen

19. March 2015 by Kristen Kmiec
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Aristophanes – Lysistrata of 411 BC

We held our second comedy 2500 session with  Lysistrata of 411 BC on Monday, March 9 2015. We had a great discussion!

Here is a link to listen:

 

Enjoy!

Kristen

11. March 2015 by Kristen Kmiec
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Herodotus Books 8 & 9

During the February session of our Herodotus reading group we discussed books 8 and 9. We had a great time!

Here is a link to listen. Enjoy!

 

Thanks!

Kristen

12. February 2015 by Kristen Kmiec
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Aristophanes – Clouds of 423 BC

In 2015 we are celebrating the 2,500-year anniversary of the first comedy introduced in Athens in 486 BC.

We held our first comedy 2500 session starting with Clouds of 423 BC on Monday, February 9 2015!

Here is a link to listen:

 

Enjoy!

Kristen

10. February 2015 by Kristen Kmiec
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James Romm Makes Times 100 Notable Books

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.
Seneca

15. December 2014 by bswislow
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Herodotus Book 6

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!

 

12. December 2014 by Kristen Kmiec
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Lucretius Books V and VI

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:

Thanks!

Kristen

02. December 2014 by Kristen Kmiec
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