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The nonprofit Reading Odyssey is a partnership between scholars and readers with a mission to help more adults reignite their curiosity and lifelong learning. See our Board of Directors and apply for a spot in our internship program. March Xenophon Reading Group: … Continue reading

27. February 2020 by Arrian
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The American Conservative Blogs The Odyssey–And Likes It

Rod Dreher, a former columnist for the Dallas Morning News and author of one of the longest-titled books in publishing history, has been blogging his journey reading Robert Fagles’ translation of The Odyssey with his older son. We here at the Read… Continue reading

24. September 2012 by Arrian
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Some Iliad Follow-ups

Here are a few of the questions that came up during my reading group’s last call. Any good ones I missed? Are there any lost books that were part of the Iliad cycle? Is there an anti-monarchical message embedded in the portrayals of the kings … Continue reading

16. March 2012 by Arrian
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The Iliad, Visualized

The names of so many heroes and gods fly by when you’re reading or hearing the Iliad read aloud. One of the challenges (and joys!) of the Iliad is the concentration it asks of you in making an effort to balance all those characters amid so much ac… Continue reading

14. March 2012 by Arrian
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Mary Beard on why we read the Classics

Check out Classicist Mary Beard’s somewhat discursive lecture on the state of the Classics in contemporary culture, including consideration of a “decline” that goes back centuries, and some inspiring points for those of us who continue to engage w… Continue reading

29. January 2012 by Arrian
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Was Alexander reckless?

Posted by Bill Swislow, member of the Arrian reading group 2 Thinking about Alexander’s risk taking, it seems fair to say that by our standards his behavior is reckless on the face of it. After all, as pointed out on a recent call, our political l… Continue reading

09. June 2011 by Arrian
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Veronese Painting Of Alexander Greeting The Family Of Darius After The Battle Of Issus

Wanted to share with the Arrian reading group this Mannerist painting by Veronese in the National Gallery in the UK. It shows the wife and daughters of Darius genuflecting before Alexander and his general Hephaestion after Alexander’s victory at t… Continue reading

26. May 2011 by Arrian
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The Beauty of Alexander’s Life

“The beauty of Alexander’s life is that he did live out so many of the myths. He is the greatest Greek hero of all. In his story we find Achilles (who he outdid), Oedipus (hurt by his mother, Olympias, and her possible involvement in Philip’s deat… Continue reading

01. May 2011 by Arrian
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Herodotus Books 8 & 9 Call Recording [Bruce’s Group]

Thanks to my entire Reading Odyssey group for concluding our Herodotus “campaign” on a terrific final note tonight. Here is the audio recording of our discussion (for posterity!). I hope to hear from you all again soon on the next set of book grou… Continue reading

05. April 2011 by Arrian
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Slow Art site No. 77 — Ulm, Germany!

The Ulmer Museum — http://www.ulmer-museum.ulm.de/ — in Ulm, Germany, is the newest Slow Art Day venue. We’re at 77 now! Check out the Ulm page at http://slowartulm2011.eventbrite.com. — Continue reading

17. March 2011 by Arrian
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