Readings and Podcasts for EAWLC Western Classics Book Club 2021

Instructor: Professor Emma Gorst

Time and venue: The second Wednesday evening at EAWLC Zoom room

For details, latest schedule, and Zoom link, please visit: Reading for Culture with Emma: Monthly Reading Group @East and West Learning Connections 

Please come back to check this page often as we will update the reading materials and podcasts as it goes.

 

readings for July 14, 2021:

  1. Aristotle’s Rhetoric, chapters 1-6

https://kairos.technorhetoric.net/stasis/2017/honeycutt/aristotle/rhet1-1.html

Index / overview of topics here –

https://kairos.technorhetoric.net/stasis/2017/honeycutt/aristotle/oneindex.html

  1. Aristotle’s Poetics Parts 1-10 (I – X)

http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/poetics.1.1.html

Please attention to the words purgation (catharsis) and reversal (Peripeteia).  The “six parts” of tragedy are important too. Poetry is seen as a kind of imitation of life. Aristotle’s theory is only one of many theories of “what poetry is.” Although the Poetics might seem to be just about “poetry,” in fact the theory was later applied to many mediums – art, music, poetry, drama, fiction, and so on.

See also – a short overview of what is important in the Poetics

http://www.english.hawaii.edu/criticalink/aristotle/

 

Podcast of Emma’s lecture in June 2021:

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-cz5w2-10823e0

Readings for June 9, 2021:

Link for Antigone:

https://mthoyibi.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/antigone_2.pdf

Link for Oedipus – Rex:

https://www.fusd1.org/cms/lib/AZ01001113/Centricity/Domain/1385/Full%20text%20Oedipus.pdf

These plays are very short. Emma recommends reading the whole of each play. If you are short for time, you could read one play and a summary of the other:

https://www.ancient-literature.com/greece_sophocles_oedipus_king.html#:~:text=It%20follows%20the%20story%20of,the%20summit%20of%20Sophocles’%20achievements.

https://www.ancient-literature.com/greece_sophocles_antigone.html

 

Podcast of Emma’s lecture in May 2021:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5FYLELmfyZlzuuQpkjn7LN?si=ztE3nwY1S6OZIxJCQ_AsFg

Reading for May 12 2021 is the Symposium.

Here are 2 links – Emma talked about the nature of love.

https://www.bard.edu/library/arendt/pdfs/Plato-Symposium.pdf

http://faculty.sgc.edu/rkelley/SYMPOSIUM.pdf

 

Podcast of Emma’s lecture in April 2021:

https://chryllus.podbean.com/e/the-book-of-john-and-the-story-of-orpheus/

Readings for April 14, 2021:

The Bible – The Book of John

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201&version=NIV

Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 10

https://ovid.lib.virginia.edu/trans/Metamorph10.htm

 

Podcasts of Emma’s lecture in March 2021

https://chryllus.podbean.com/e/genesis-and-metamorphoses/

https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-2ybr5-fd5284

Readings for March 10, 2021:

Genesis Books 1-4 (Creation, Eden, and the serpent, Cain and Abel)

Genesis 1

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%201&version=NIV

Genesis 2

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%202&version=NIV

Genesis 3

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%203&version=NIV

Genesis 4

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%204&version=NIV

Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 1, lines 1-200

https://ovid.lib.virginia.edu/trans/Metamorph.htm#488381088

 

 

In summary, here is a general list for the year 2021.

Month 1: Ovid’s Metamorphoses lines 1-200 and The Bible – Genesis

Month 2: Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book 10 (Orpheus) and The Bible – The Book of John

Month 3: Plato’s Symposium

Month 4: Oedipus Rex and Antigone

Month 5: Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Poetics, Lactantius, and Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy

Month 6: Virgil’s Aeneid

Month 7: Dante’s Paradiso, Cantos 1-5; Inferno, Cantos 1-3

Month 8: Boccaccio’s Decameron, sections TBD

Month 9: Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, sections TBD

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