Excuse me for intruding on hallowed Wheelock territory
but if you’re not going to form any other group, what about a small Horace study group?
The syllabus would consist quite simply of 5 well-known odes (numbers 1.4, 1.5, 1.9, 1.11 (the carpe diem one) and 4.7. Objective: to get to know them thoroughly. The poems speak of love, time and nature and are easily accessible to modern sensibilities despite the occasional classical allusion. They don’t turn up in most readers because editors are afraid Horace’s word order is too difficult for us. It’s not true.
The general idea would be to hone Latin skills and end up with a ’joy for ever’. We could also include a couple of Catullus poems for variety.
Is it difficult to ’organize’ a group. What’s the normal procedure? Do we need an ’instructor’? I know these poems more or less inside-out myself (only as enthusiastic amateur
of course) if that’s any help.
Just a thought.