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Great Books Reading and Discussion Group
  Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the central character of John Milton's Paradise Lost c. 1866.  
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 July meeting, we will discuss Paradise Lost, the epic poem in blank verse by John Milton. The poem, in twelve books, concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man, as Adam and Eve are tempted by the fallen angel Satan and expelled from the Garden of Eden. Satan or Lucifer is a main character, who rebels against God and is banished to Tartarus, but like Odysseus, uses his rhetorical skills to organize his followers, and escapes from imprisonment, a journey reminiscent of Odysseus or Aeneas. He comes to the Earthly Garden of Eden with the intent to poison God's new creation, Man. Adam and Eve are, like Satan, fully realized characters in the epic, which is at heart, a genuine Christian morality tale.

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

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Larry Brown PhD, 1992

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Event Information
Monday, Jul 25 2016 at 6:15pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
Agora Restaurant
1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
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