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

Index / overview of topics here –

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

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


Podcast of Emma’s lecture in June 2021:

Readings for June 9, 2021:

Link for Antigone:

Link for Oedipus – Rex:

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:,the%20summit%20of%20Sophocles’%20achievements.


Podcast of Emma’s lecture in May 2021:

Reading for May 12 2021 is the Symposium.

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


Podcast of Emma’s lecture in April 2021:

Readings for April 14, 2021:

The Bible – The Book of John

Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 10


Podcasts of Emma’s lecture in March 2021

Readings for March 10, 2021:

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

Genesis 1

Genesis 2

Genesis 3

Genesis 4

Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 1, lines 1-200



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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