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Great Books Reading and Discussion Group: November
  Aeneas's defeat of Turnus (book 12), painting by Luca Giordano  
Alumni meet monthly to discuss one of the classics of literature

Cost: free, apart from the cost of food & drink
No Registration Required
The Great Books Reading Group continues its exploration of the character of Odysseus throughout literature from Homer to the present.

At our November meeting, we will discuss the second half of the Aeneid by Virgil. The discussion will cover Books 7-12, about the war in Italy. This Latin epic poem tells the story of Aeneas, the legendary founder of Rome. Aeneas was a Trojan warrior and a character in the Iliad, who escaped from the destruction of Troy at the end of the Trojan War, and journeyed, with his companions, to Italy, where he was victorious in battle against the Latins. Virgil took up the thread of disconnected stories about Aeneas and his wanderings and crafted a founding myth of Roman, tying his city to the heroes of the past. This work is modeled after the Iliad and Odyssey and has become a cornerstone of the Western canon.

Virgil lived and wrote during the Augustan period of ancient Rome and is ranked as one of its greatest poets.

For an overview of the proposed long-term schedule for our study of Odysseus, please see our Google Doc.

Event Contact
Larry Brown PhD, 1992

Staff Liaison
Ritu Prasad, AB'14


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Event Information
Monday, Nov 23 2015 at 6:15pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
Agora Restaurant
1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
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