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Great Books Reading and Discussion Group
  Achilles with the arrow wound he suffered at Troy  
Alumni meet monthly to discuss one of the classics of literature

Cost: Free, apart from the cost of food and drink
No Registration Required
The Great Books reading group continues its exploration of the character of Odysseus throughout literature from Homer to the present. After reading The Iliad in January, we turn to commentary on the epic from Simone Weil and Rachel Bespaloff, in their work War and the Iliad. This book, published in 2005 by the New York Review of Books, combines two works from the middle of the 20th Century. The first is "The Iliad, or The Poem of Force," a well-known 24 page essay written in 1939 by French philosopher Simone Weil on the nature of force in The Iliad and its general role in human affairs. The second is by the less-well-known Rachel Bespaloff, also a philosopher based in France, but of Ukranian/Jewish heritage. Her work on conflict, pacifism and justice is a counterpoint to Weil's observations. The translation is by Mary McCarthy.
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Monday, Feb 23 2015 at 6:15pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
Agora Restaurant
1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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