Last session we completed our exploration of the Roman Empire from the end of the Flavian dynasty as far as Marcus Aurelius (known as the Antonine period), ending with a meeting to talk about his “Meditations”, for which members were asked in advance to select a few for discussion. That went very well. So that is it for the Empire for now.
The aim now is to return to the Greeks, and take a close examination of the Histories of Herodotus, in some depth. This is the main source for the events leading up to the Persian War invasions, and the War itself. It furthermore supplies a great amount of historical information for the Archaic period. We'll be reading the overall work book by book, so it will likely take some time to cover all nine books of the original. This is all in translation, of course – no knowledge of Classical languages is expected, or indeed any previous knowledge of Classics generally.
The group itself is still small enough to meet in the home of one of our members, and we normally met about once a month, on a Thursday morning. These arrangements of course have had to change this year, and we are proceeding with our meetings using Zoom.
After a long hiatus, we are restarting in September, with our first Zoom meeting. This will be on the 17th, at 10am, in your own home, via Zoom. The topic is Herodotus, and I want to work through book 1 only. There is a great deal of material - events, characters, etc - in Book 1, as you know.
If anyone is interested in joining the group, and/or learning Classical Greek language, and/or in reading some Latin together, please let me know.
Gordon Gallacher (Sept 2020)