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Harvard Classics: An Education on a Bookshelf

They are little remembered today, but they were a publishing sensation in the early 20th century and sold almost half a million copies.

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Notes from The Illiad - Book 1. Prose Translation by Sam Butler


  • Invocation. Anger of Achilles son of Peleus, brought forth ills to Achaeans.
  • Chryses brought ransom to save his daughter, Agamemnon refused
  • Chryses prayed to Apollo, who massacred people (The Achaeans?)
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Updates. April 26th 2016

Having read The Symposium, I’m excited to get more out of Plato. But it seems I couldn’t ignore Homer (plus other Greek poets).

I will definitely dive straight to Homer, through Butler’s prose translation. 273 more words


A Few Thoughts about Love in Symposium & De Rerum Natura

Having done my first reading for On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) and The Symposium, here are a few musings.

A syntopical reading about love would definitely include these two books. 243 more words

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Notes from The Symposium

I”m reading from The Symposium. I’ve always wanted to read it but was lazy. I got motivated today. It’s a subject that you and I are wont to think about, LOVE. 1,956 more words

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April 13, 2016 Updates

I’m through with the edited Arabian Nights by Jack Zypes. I’m ready for more with the Harvard Classics version, focusing on tales I haven’t read. 392 more words


Going to April, 2016

Last time, I resoled to get started with Gateway to the Great Books (GGB) by working through Robinson Crusoe, but I’m bored as fuck. just made it through the first chapter, I went to sea. 535 more words