Ancient Literature

3rd Thursday
14:30 to 16:30
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The Ancient Literature group continues its monthly meetings via Zoom. We are reading some of Plutarch’s parallel lives – best known by most because Shakespeare used North’s translation for his Roman plays. We have just finished Pompey and in July will be looking at Alexander.

Since writing was invented mankind has written poems, tales and histories that describe and explore the deepest issues that affect us as societies and individuals.  The group meets monthly, in members’ homes, to read and discuss some of the masterpieces of the Ancient World, from Homer onwards.  The texts are read in translation but, where possible, extracts in the original Greek and Latin are made available, together with background notes on historical context and modern scholarly “readings”.

The convenor has a PhD in Classics from the University of Reading.

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