First, let me apologize to those who may have turned up at last Thursday's
book chat and did not find me there. I signed on late and found the chat room
empty. Nemy, who usually is there early, had DSL problems and could not sign
Then I want to welcome the new members, some of whom probably found us via
The next and final chat on Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations" will be on June 6.
I myself will not be there, as I will be traveling in Europe the next six
weeks. However, I will put a reminder on the Yahoo calendar, which will reach
you in time before the chat date, and I hope you will chat without me.
Now, the important thing: Where do we go from here after I'm back in July?
This is the second go around in reading our way through Roman History in a
There are two more books that are nice reads: Gillian Bradshaw: "Island of
Ghosts", a novel set in Britain during Marcus Aurelius' times, and Gore
Vidal's "Julian". In the first cycle, we also discussed Jacob Burckhardt's
"The Age of Constantine the Great".
May I suggest the following:
1. That we have a nice summer reading schedule for the two novels mentioned
above; and thereafter
2. go to a "recommendation/vote schedule,": i.e. I will entertain any
recommendation of Roman history related fiction/nonfiction and will put it up
to a vote amongst members.
Please let us know what you think of this.
Our signing up to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LiteratureReadingCircle
should ensure the viability of the chats.
Also, I am looking for a back-up person who will take on the managing of
chats when I'm not there. I would give that person moderator status at
Please let me know whether
you are interested and e-mail me directly at IrenesBooks@...
responding to this mail, either before Memorial Day Weekend, or after July
Meanwhile, I sincerely hope that you all will still be there for the chats
when I return. I will bring back a travelogue through Roman Germania with
hopefully many photos.
Thank you, and I will see you all in July!
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