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Absolutely. The Iliad and Odyssey are such wonderful books and far too seldom read. But it does help to discuss them with others because there are some concepts, approaches to life, etc. that are unfamiliar to our modern conceptions and it helps a lot to have some background and understand the importance of such concepts as menis, kleos, and time (which is not at all the English word time, but the Greek term pronounced tee may) which are crucial concepts to really understanding the Greeks.


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And would you still be willing to teach Homer if they do set one up?

Melissa/Redcatlady





Everyman wrote:
We definitely need a place for the true Western classics -- the Greek and Roman works. All since is just modern stuff. [g]

I haven't bugged Bob, Kevin, and Bob about setting that up yet, because they're still busy getting things settled in, but soon we need to see where Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, Ovid, et. al. will find their place here at BNBC.




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One way or the other we grow global...but I was thinking more about the technical consequences, the structure. I still find the new format cumbersome to handle especially when many old posts pile up on top of each other...so that alone was more my concern....to have it divided in chunks.

I agree. More boards with narrower focus and therefore more targeted posts is better, I think than lumping too much together under one board. If British and European classics were to be combined under one board, the number of topics/threads would quickly swell to several pages, making it harder, particularly for newcomers or less active posters, to navigate and find things.

Message Edited by Everyman on 02-01-200712:42 PM

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IlanaSimons wrote:

CLARIFICATION!
I have two hats at B&N. One is moderating the British Classics Board. The other is choosing one "classic" book to moderate each month. That classic book does _not_ need to be British. The Classics I've moderated have been these:
Dec: Frankenstein
Jan: Kafka
Feb (coming): The Good Soldier
March: Notes from Underground.

That's it: I have two hats: one overseeing this Brit Classics Board, and one leading an indvidual classic book each month.





And awesome hats they are.
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And awesome hats they are.




what a sweet thing to say. You made my day. Thanks.



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Choisya wrote:

I wonder if Danielle would moderate a French classic for us - it would nice to have someone living there and speaking the lingo moderating a Zola, for instance?




That would be a good idea but I must decline for now; my free time is much too limited for such an undertaking.Thank you for your thought.
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chadadanielleKR wrote:

Choisya wrote:

I wonder if Danielle would moderate a French classic for us - it would nice to have someone living there and speaking the lingo moderating a Zola, for instance?




That would be a good idea but I must decline for now; my free time is much too limited for such an undertaking.Thank you for your thought.
Danielle



No, of course it can't happen now bu tlet us know when. Splendid idea, Choisya!!!
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Agree, as the technical set up looks right now it takes an awful lot of time to navigate when it gets too bulky...we were afraid of it a couple of months ago and now it is a fact.

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aaahh, I see...xoroso (that is supposed to be good in russ)
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ziki wrote:
aaahh, I see...xoroso (that is supposed to be good in russ)
ziki




Xoroscho.
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And awesome hats they are.


I particularly like what you've done with the trimming on the white straw.
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Right now I am reading the BN Classics book Ward No. 6 and other Stories by Anton Chekhov, and I am really liking them. I enjoyed A Dead Body and another one which I can not remember. I know that it was about a man who had to cross a river and there was a priest who was opperating the ferry and they had a converstaion, I think it was called something like Easter Eve.
I have heard people say that Chekhov has bad and boring descriptions, I do not think that they bad or boring. Does anyone agree with me one that?

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historybuff234 wrote:
Right now I am reading the BN Classics book Ward No. 6 and other Stories by Anton Chekhov, and I am really liking them. I enjoyed A Dead Body and another one which I can not remember. I know that it was about a man who had to cross a river and there was a priest who was opperating the ferry and they had a converstaion, I think it was called something like Easter Eve.
I have heard people say that Chekhov has bad and boring descriptions, I do not think that they bad or boring. Does anyone agree with me one that?

We make war that we may live in peace- Aristotle




I only know his plays so far, Buff, and they are haunting. I'd really like to get into his stories.
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