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What are you currently reading?

Post by Lucan » Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:19 am

Ancient or modern. Either in the original language or translated

I'm five books into Herodotus. Translation unfortunately, seeing as I've only studied Greek for 2 weeks :)

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Post by MDS » Fri Aug 20, 2004 1:17 pm

Ancient: The Letters of the Younger Pliny Penguin Classics Edition (English translation)

Modern: The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by H.W. Brands (its great so far, I'm about 1/3 into it)

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Post by Timothy » Fri Aug 20, 2004 4:12 pm

Modern Design in C++
Civil War Vol I.
History of the U.S. Constitution
Miracle at Philadelphia
John Adams, bio
Jackson, bio

Letters of Cicero, (translation, arghh!)
Pronunciation and Reading of Classical Latin
New Latin Grammar
Latin for Beginner's
Latin for Beginner's
Latin for Beginner's
Latin for Beginner's
Latin for Beginner's...
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Post by eris » Fri Aug 20, 2004 4:28 pm

Ancient: Apollodorus' The Library trans. by J.G. Frazer
Modern: The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

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Post by threewood14 » Fri Aug 20, 2004 4:45 pm

Although I haven't picked it up in a while,

The Universe in a Nutshell
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Post by whiteoctave » Fri Aug 20, 2004 4:50 pm

In Grk. A.Ag., S.El, E.El, Ar.V and AP6
In Lat. Lucr.3, Hor.C.1, Sen.Thy and Juv.3
In Eng. The Classical Text (Kenney), Scribes and Scholars (Reynolds & Wilson), English Classical Scholarship (Brink) and The Living Word: WHD Rouse and the Crisis of Classics in Edwardian England (Stray).

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Post by ingrid70 » Fri Aug 20, 2004 4:59 pm

only modern at the moment:

Haddon: The curious incident with a dog in the nighttime; (upstairs while waiting for my youngest to get to sleep)
McCullough: The October Horse; (downstairs)
Pratchett, Stewart, Cohen: The science of Discworld II: The globe (in the bus, train, tram etc.)

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Post by chrisb » Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:11 pm

In Latin, Aeneid Book 1. I am preparing a running vocabulary which I hope to post to jeff in the next couple of weeks or so to match Book 2 which can be found in the 'Study Guides and Handouts' section. I hope it will be useful to someone.

In English, the collected short stories of Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie.

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Post by Democritus » Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:34 pm

All modern:

Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann

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Post by Democritus » Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:39 pm

Another very good book I just read recently:

Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality : Solving the Quantum Mysteries, by John Gribbin

The book has a cheesy title but it's an uncommonly good pop science book. Highly recommended.

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Post by annis » Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:51 pm

whiteoctave wrote:In Grk. A.Ag., S.El, E.El, Ar.V and AP6
In Lat. Lucr.3, Hor.C.1, Sen.Thy and Juv.3
I think, perhaps, you've been hanging out with dictionary writers too long. AP6?

As for me, I just finished Candide and am about to jump into Iron Council by China Miéville.

My bedtime reading is (I'm not kidding) West's Greek Metre. I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as possible before I have to return it to the library.

For Gk, Book 12 of the Odyssey for the reading group. Random lyric poets, mostly Ibycus and Sappho these days.
William S. Annis — http://www.aoidoi.org/http://www.scholiastae.org/
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Post by Aurelia » Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:20 pm

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Emperor's New Mind
Anne of Green Gables
WS_A_First_Greek_Course (on Adobe)
How Intelligent Are You?

...and I have a HUGE list of books I want to read. Including (but not limited to) the Redwall Series, LOTR, 'Eats, Shoots, and Leaves,' Greek: An Intensive Course, and the rest of the Anne of Green Gables Series. :P
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Post by Kevinnnnn » Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:23 pm

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

I'm also working on Wheelock's Latin and an Introduction to Attic Greek by Mastronarde.

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Post by whiteoctave » Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:38 pm

AP6 = book six of the Anthologia Planudea (collated in Vol.2 of the Anthologia Graeca). They're all in elegiacs, so it's good for ideas for composition.

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Post by Amy » Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:50 pm

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
plus valiant half-futile attempts at Catullus. I got this great out-of-print dualtext edition translated by Carl Sesar at the used bookstore. The translations are FREE, catullus 85: "I hate her and I love her. Don't ask me why. / It's the way I feel, that's all, and it hurts" so I dissect the latin to find the literal meaning

& if textbooks count as reading, Jenney's First Year Latin and Campbell's Biology 6e
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by mariek » Sat Aug 21, 2004 5:18 am


I've been reading crap lately.

Just finished: Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park". I saw one of the movies which doesn't do it justice.

Just started: Robert Ludlum's "Bourne Supremacy"; this is my commuting book. I saw the movie. As I'm reading the book I find that the movie is VERY loosely based on the book.

Other books I'm reading include: Sears' "The Pregnancy Book"; Curtis' "Your Pregnancy week by week"; "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy"; "Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year".

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Post by klewlis » Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:31 am

Democritus wrote:Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality : Solving the Quantum Mysteries, by John Gribbin
I love Gribbin's books. I have "Unveiling the Edge of Time" (the more recently revised version of this book is called "In Search of the Edge of Time") and "In Search of Schrodinger's Cat". Both were fascinating and well done.

Marie, are you pregnant?!?!?!? I didn't know!

ok, my current reads are minimal, since I have little time or energy for reading these days, but:

english: "Messiah Revealed in the Passover" by Hannah Nesher. She is a local lady, a Messianic Jew. The book was lent to me by my accountant, of all people. It's interesting but not well written at all. And I recently finished a book called The Sumerians, which was fascinating.

latin: my latin is sorely neglected these days :( but I am sort of working through Ursus Nomine Paddington

greek: still working through the GNT. I did 14 chapters this week while at work. :)

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Post by mingshey » Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:07 am

Really, Marie? I didn't notice the last half of the book list.
Congratulations! What are you going to name your baby?

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Post by Paul » Sat Aug 21, 2004 12:16 pm

Greek: Homer Iliad 2, Odyssey 12; S. Trachiniae

Other: Sihler, New Comparative Grammar; Friedrich, Aspect Theory and Homeric Aspect.

Cordially,

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Post by Michaelyus » Sat Aug 21, 2004 6:27 pm

Uhmm... please don't laugh:

Pompeii The Last Day, Paul Wilkinson (I finally got it... but it was disappointing- not much new information)

¡Exacto! (Spanish grammar textbook)

Teach Yourself Latin, Gavin Betts (bedtime reading)

Teach Yourself Cantonese (few characters; mostly transliteration)

I am currently reading Latin, Spanish (good dictionary), and Mandarin (small) dictionaries at bedtime, along with the libretto to Bach's St. John Passion (a recording by the New College Oxford and Collegium Novum; very little information about the passion; but I hear it was a candidate for best recording in the Classical Brit Awards).
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Post by Emma_85 » Sat Aug 21, 2004 6:52 pm

Robin Hobb, the Liveship Trader trilogy
The Times University Guide
How to fill out your UCAS form
and I'm still reading London's Biography by Ackroyed. Great book, been reading it for 1 and a half years now, lol, but it is good - just not something you can read in a week... uh... or a year :roll: .


You're pregnant Marie? :) Hope you're coping with everything. Any ideas for names yet?
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by ingrid70 » Sat Aug 21, 2004 7:46 pm

mariek wrote:
I've been reading crap lately.

Other books I'm reading include: Sears' "The Pregnancy Book"; Curtis' "Your Pregnancy week by week"; "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy"; "Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year".
Congrats, Marie! Sears is good, I didn't know about him when I was pregnant, but I got the Discipline Book later. The title is a little off-putting, if you don't know what Sears stands for, but it is a great book. It has been a great source of info (and consolation sometimes :)) for me.

Ingrid, mum of two.

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Post by mingshey » Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:29 pm

I had forgotten to add my current title, it's "Science and Modern World" by A.N.Whitehead. His terms torture my brain. :cry:

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Post by Episcopus » Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:16 pm

Every time I try to reply I just look at mingshey's avatar. That is one cool baby.

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Post by Lucan » Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:58 pm

Just as a minor update: I finished Herodotus' Histories yesterday. I started (and finished) Aristophanes Arkhanians and Knights today, and will start reading The Republic tomorrow. Hurray for having too much time on my hands :D[/i]

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Post by Eureka » Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:29 pm

Just finished The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears.
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Post by mariek » Sat Aug 28, 2004 6:14 am

mingshey wrote:What are you going to name your baby?

Oh, I think it's too early to say. I don't even know if it'll be a boy or girl yet. My husband & I are bouncing a few names around, but nothing definite yet. Spending lots of time looking at baby name websites, and making a list of names we like.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by mariek » Sat Aug 28, 2004 6:23 am

ingrid70 wrote:Sears is good, I didn't know about him when I was pregnant, but I got the Discipline Book later. The title is a little off-putting, if you don't know what Sears stands for, but it is a great book. It has been a great source of info (and consolation sometimes :)) for me.

I'll have to check out the Discipline Book. I like the Pregnancy Book. I ordered 5 books today -- through Textkit (http://www.textkit.com/support/) -- including the Birth Book and the Baby Book, both by Sears. They seem to have A LOT of books.

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Post by Lupus minimus » Sun Aug 29, 2004 7:04 pm

August 1914, Alexander Soljenitsyin
An introduction to Comparative Law, Zweigert & Kötz
Discours sur la méthode, Descartes

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Going through Corto Maltese comics
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Post by meta » Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:54 pm

Ancient History: Evidence and Models by M.I.Finley

The World of Late Antiquity AD 150-750 by Peter Brown

Just bought the Ancient Greek-Chinese Dictionary which is finally published after 20 years' silence.:shock:

The only book I've read about pregnancy is Sandra Steingraber's "Having Faith". Sehr interessant! I hope mariek would like it. :)

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Post by Lupus minimus » Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:31 pm

What are you going to do with an ancient greek/chinese dictionary?

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Post by mbdittmar » Mon Aug 30, 2004 4:48 pm

Latin: Aeneid: Book 5
Greek: Iliad Book 3
Old English: Grammar and Reader ( Robt. E. Diamond )
Archaeology of Colorado ( Cassells )

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Post by Fair Terentia » Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:20 pm

All in English I'm afraid...

Virgil: Aeneid Book 1
A study guide on Plato
Oxford prospectus
Pride and Prejudice for the 20th or so time(!)
Dante: Inferno

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Post by ingrid70 » Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:25 pm

Fair Terentia wrote: Pride and Prejudice for the 20th or so time(!)
Ah! It's a truth universally acknowledged...
I should re-re-re-re-re-read it. It's at least a year ago since I did :).

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Post by PhilipF » Wed Sep 01, 2004 5:36 pm

Greek -Dionysius Halicarnassus Roman antiquities
Latin - Marsilio Ficino's commentary on Plato's Symposium
English - Arthur Machen -Holy Terrors
bit of an odd mixture but all very enjoyable

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Post by Amy » Thu Sep 02, 2004 12:45 am

Yesterday on recommendation from a friend I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I'd ALMOST forgotten how bad "teen lit" was :P However I was curious about a book mentioned in the book so I checked out Naked Lunch (and I have to say teen lit recommending Naked Lunch and you know only 11-year-olds read teen lit without mentioning what it is think of the children!111), liked the introduction and appendices but couldn't get my head around the book itself (read maybe 20 pages). I'd love to see the cliff notes for it though.
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Post by Thucydides » Sat Sep 04, 2004 9:33 pm

It strikes me that some of us have slightly different definitions of "reading". Reading Sihler is somewhat different from "How to fill out your UCAS form" I imagine.

I read all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons. Some I read every day, some every week; some I dip into, some I read from cover to cover...

One book I'm rather enjoying is Georges Roux's "Ancient Iraq" - which is a introductory survey of the ancient near east.

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Post by Thucydides » Sat Sep 04, 2004 9:35 pm

mbdittmar wrote:Old English: Grammar and Reader ( Robt. E. Diamond)
:shock: what's Old English like then?

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Post by incipio » Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:29 am

Macbeth, in the kings english
The Gospel of Luke, also in the kings english (and other translations)

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