14:30 to 16:30
The Ancient Literature group continues its monthly meetings via Zoom. We have begun reading Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica – the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, written in the 3rd century BC. As he embarks on his journey, Jason tells his mother, “To mortal men the gods allot woes which cannot be foreseen: despite the pain in your spirit, have the courage to bear your share of these.” Quite appropriate for our times too.
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.