We are pleased to announce the texts for our 2020-2021 Lyceum…
Summer 2020: The Odyssey
Seminar Dates: 23 May and 27 June from 8 am to 10 am (AZ time) via Zoom
“If the Iliad is the world’s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of everyman’s journey through life. Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance… Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer’s original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox’s superb introduction and textual commentary provide insightful background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles’s translation. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the general reader, to captivate a new generation of Homer’s students. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper” (from the publisher). (Why would Christians read and discuss The Odyssey?)
Summer 2020 (Session 2): The Acts of the Apostles
Seminar Dates: 11 July and 25 July from 8 am to 10 am (AZ time) via Zoom
Fall 2020: Saint Augustine’s Confessions
“In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood. Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of Augustine’s conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint’s fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine’s beloved mother, of St. Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine’s concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references and allusions that are easily understood only with background information about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make The Confessions accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish the context” (from the publisher).
Spring 2021: Out of the Silent Planet
“The first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force” (from the publisher).
Lyceum members will read and (virtually) discuss these texts from the summer of 2020 until the spring of 2021! There are a few ways you can join us!
- Your first class at Areopagus Education is free (but you do need to buy the book)! If you have not taken a class with us you may study one of the above books with us free of charge!
- You can purchase a Lyceum subscription for $4.99 per month. This give you (and a friend) access to our courses. You may cancel this subscription at any time, but there are no refunds once you have been billed for a given month. (Why Are We Asking For Money?)
- You can become a supporter of Areopagus Education at $10 per month or more. Supporters receive a Lyceum membership and books, AND you get to help us launch a school and spread classical and Christian education!
Also, please consider enhancing your 2020-2021 Lyceum experience with these books! We will not seminar them individually, but they will provide you with invaluable insights into our texts. And please keep in mind, you can receive these texts as gifts if you become a regular supporter of Areopagus Education!