14:30 to 16:30
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”.
18th November, 2021 – We will be reading Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, in which the women of Athens and Sparta, fed up with incessant war, stage a sex strike and seize control of the political process.
The convenor has a PhD in Classics from the University of Reading.