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Bailey Cove Classics: Bhagavad Gita

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Monday, February 4, 2008 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Bhagavad Gita

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Bailey Cove Classics: Dr. William Munson

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Monday, November 5, 2007 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Dr. William Munson returns to discuss Middle English literature. Readings to be announced.

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Love Songs of Sappho

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Monday, October 1, 2007 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Sappho
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The Love Songs of Sappho

Called the "Tenth Muse" by the ancients, Greece's greatest female lyric poet Sappho (ca. 610-580 B.C.E.) spent the majority of her life on the famed island of Lesbos. Passionate and breathtaking, her poems survive only in fragments, following religious conspiracies to silence her. This excellent translation includes Roche's brilliant essay, "Portrait of Sappho". Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Love Songs of Sappho

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Bailey Cove Classics: the works of T.S. Eliot

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Monday, May 1, 2006 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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T.S. Eliot

Eliot was one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. Never compromising either with the public or indeed with language itself, he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry. Despite this difficulty his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. Discussion included "Waste Land," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "Portrait of a Lady." Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: the works of T.S. Eliot

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Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

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Monday, August 1, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Aristophanes
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Lysistrata

Led by the eponymous Lysistrata, the story's female characters barricade the public funds building and withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War and secure peace. In doing so, Lysistrata engages the support of women from Sparta, Boeotia, and Corinth. All of them, at first aghast at the suggestion of withholding sex, finally agree swearing an oath of allegiance to the cause. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Lysistrata

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Bailey Cove Classics: Iliad

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Homer
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Iliad

So great is the impact of ancient Greek literature on Western culture that even people who have never read Homer's Iliad or The Odyssey know a lot about them. The Trojan Horse, Achilles' heel, the Sirens' call, Scylla and Charybdis--all have entered popular mythology, becoming metaphors for the less heroic situations we face in our own lives. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Iliad

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Oedipus Trilogy

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Monday, September 12, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Sophocles
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The Oedipus Trilogy

Taking up the theme of humans being trapped both by fate and their own frailties, the plays tell the story of the family of Oedipus, who in Greek mythology killed his father and married his mother without knowing that they were, in fact, his parents. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Oedipus Trilogy

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Bailey Cove Classics: Trojan Women

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Euripides
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Trojan Women

Describes with unparalleled intensity the horrific brutality that both women and children undergo at the end of the Trojan War, but in the end is a play that insists on the victory of spirit amid the horrors created by gods and men. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Trojan Women

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Bailey Cove Classics: Othello

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Monday, October 3, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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William Shakespeare
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Othello

A powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination (between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona), with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Othello

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Bailey Cove Classics: Oresteia

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Aeschylus
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Oresteia

The Oresteia, the only extant trilogy among the Greek tragedies, is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture. Beginning with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, and continuing through Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra in Libation Bearers and his acquittal at Athena's court in Eumenides, the trilogy traces the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of law. The story of the house of Atreus is a tale of incest, adultery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and political intrigue. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Oresteia

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