Life Lessons from the Great Books

Life Lessons from the Great Books. A book should be a living thing, and its reading a revelation after which the reader is not the same, or is more than what he or she was before.” Luis Cernuda, Spanish writer.

This Tuesday, August 28th , at 6.00pm in Galway City Library we continue the series of talks entitled Life Lessons from the Great Books, with Sanja Bentz, a student from Saarland University, Germany. Sanja will introduce Homer’s Odyssey and Philoctetes by Sophocles

Homer’s Odyssey epitomises a great book: It has a great theme, it is written in a noble language, and it speaks across the ages. William Gladstone believed that one could develop the entire moral code needed to live a good and just life by studying the Iliad and the Odyssey.

In Sophocles’ Philoctetes a consistent appeal to the common good and  a troubled attachment to a divinely sanctioned principle of justice are set at odds. The work makes the reader question what morality means to each man.

The event takes place in Galway City Library, Augustine Street, on Tuesday night August 28th at 6.00pm and concludes at about 6.50pm. Admission is free.


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