April 17, 2021 at 7:50 pm #40983
Reading is something we as Romans do a lot, so why not use that to come together and make something as a community? I’m hereby introducing the Roman Book club!
To promote active discussion and discourse within the res publica, as well as literacy in both classical and modern works about our spiritual ancestors. This will also allow interaction between citizens who would normally not interact, and just let us come together every once in a while
How will it work?
Every month, we will come together and vote on a few proposed books, alternating between fiction (historical roman fiction) and non-fiction such as historical books and classics. Every member of the book club will be able to propose a book, as long as it is either historical fiction or non-fiction related to ancient Rome. At the end of each month (not necessarily calendar month but a month’s time), we’ll come together to discuss the contents of the book and share insights and thoughts. This way, everyone can read at their own pace without needing to feel pressure. We will also start and end each reading period by making an offering to our patron, Minerva, asking her for assistance and thanking her for her aid.
Seeing how not everyone is comfortable with Discord, we will start off by discussing in a private group here on the website and eventually transitioning further down the line.
What will it take?
Not much! Aside from a couple of hours of reading every month. Most classics are available for free online, and most popular historical fictions are usually available in libraries, so most of the time you won’t even have to pay if you want to participate. I will strive to meet everyone’s demands and make this project as accessible as possible, of course!
How do I join?
Just join the the private group “The Roman Reading Club” or reply here or otherwise reach out to me and I will invite you. It is private so that everyone can share their thoughts freely, but if a large amount of people want to participate we can instead use a better form of communication.
When will we start?
We will start as soon as we have enough people to form a group, preferably five Romans or more. After this, we will come up with a book to start us off. Every new book will be announced on the forums as well in case anyone wants to jump in for a specific work
Hope to see you all soon!April 18, 2021 at 6:21 am #40988
I am proposing we start off by reading a classic, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This will serve as a moderate read as well as a good source for wisdom, roman virtue and insights from one of Rome’s most influential works surviving to the modern age. In addition to this, most people likely also has a copy of meditations and it is readily available for free online!
We will start off as soon as we are enough peopleApril 21, 2021 at 6:04 am #41010
We will host the reading club here on the main forum instead. Thus participation is open to everyone interested!
The first reading period will begin tomorrow, 2021-04-22. It will last for a month, until 2021-05-22, and until then you are free to read Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations at your own pace. I strongly encourage you to participate and also to take notes as you read. I also encourage you to start this period off by making an offering to Minerva to aid you during this period.
Following the completion of this period, I wish that you reply in this thread and answer the following questions in a length that you feel is appropriate:
- What were your top take-aways from this book?
- What are some passages you felt spoke to you particularly?
- How will you apply these take-aways and lessons from the book in your own life?
The book can be found at Project Gutenberg here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2680
Good luck, and happy reading!
May 27, 2021 at 11:34 am #41116
- This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by Octavius Marius Bestia.
With newly expressed interest in the reading club we shall henceforth reset our reading periods and start anew. With this revival comes a new structure as well!
From the start of our next period, we shall read for a month, as before, but when we are finished we will either post our replies and thoughts here on the forums or participate in a video/voice chat on the Discord platform. For the latter, if you are interested in helping out and hosting one of these gatherings and live outside of the Roman time zone (such as Pacifica or the Americas) reach out!
The top three overall contributors on the forums that post the most well thought out and intriguing reflections on the book at hand shall receive a reward of 8 denarii each, and every contributor participating during a live session will receive 5 denarii, sponsored by Sen. Publius Iunius Brutus.
For this period, please post your suggestions for a book we shall read about/related to ancient Rome (non-fiction), preferably in the public domain, in the form below:
Please do so before 2021-06-01. That way we can get ourselves started just in time for summer to arrive. Your name will not be posted alongside your suggestion, but is relevant so that I can see that a real citizen has made the proposition.
June 2, 2021 at 1:07 am #41130
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Marcus Livius HoratiusDenarii: 𐆖 319.95PatriciusNova Britannia
Great idea! I suggested a book!June 2, 2021 at 7:22 pm #41147
Salvete Readers! The suggestions have closed, please vote for which book you would like in the survey below:June 6, 2021 at 11:57 am #41200
Salvete readers! Please vote in the poll above, as the current book choice is at a tie:
50% in favour of “The Twelve Caesars” and 50% in favour of “On Roman Religion: Lived Religion andthe Individual in Ancient Rome”
Submit your votes before June 8th or I shall act tiebreaker!June 8, 2021 at 4:15 pm #41222
We have not received enough votes to proceed, thus I am acting tiebreaker. We shall begin by reading a book suggested by Censor Varro, On Roman Religion: Lived Religion and the Individual in Ancient Rome.
The reading period starts today, and shall last a month, until 2021-07-08. During this period, take notes as you read and take out key insights. Get ready to discuss! Our first discussion shall be here on the forums, and as stated previously, parallel with the discussion is the contest:
- The top three posters who have posted the best insights and deepest reflection will be rewarded a sum of 8 denarii
- Every (active) participant of the discord live session will receive 5 denarii
As for the latter, if you live 6 hours in either directions away from the Roman time zone, please consider hosting a live gathering in this time zone!
The book can be found on the internet archive
Good luck, and Minerva be with you this reading period!
Questions? Want to volunteer? Reach out!
June 9, 2021 at 1:42 am #41256
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Quintus Furius CamillusDenarii: 𐆖 1,432.50PatriciusBritannia
Bestia, you keen son of the muses! Great initiative and great book choice. We need to see more of this sort of activity in the Roman Republic! I hope your initiative here is inspiration for the genius of our civitas. May this club be everything we have hoped for!
Bestia take note, your actions here have brought Roman culture to life in a small way, and we now have the benefit of being able to enjoy this little gem of a book club. Keep up your good work and passion to grow the Respublica.June 9, 2021 at 7:13 am #41263
Bestia, you keen son of the muses! Great initiative and great book choice. We need to see more of this sort of activity in the Roman Republic! I hope your initiative here is inspiration for the genius of our civitas. May this club be everything we have hoped for! Bestia take note, your actions here have brought Roman culture to life in a small way, and we now have the benefit of being able to enjoy this little gem of a book club. Keep up your good work and passion to grow the Respublica.
Salve Senator Camillus, gratias for the encouragement!
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