I’ve never equaled the sensory verisimilitude of my friend Adam, who once read the ninth book of the Odyssey, in Greek, in what is believed to be the Cyclops’s cave, a Sicilian grotto Homerically redolent of sheep turds. But I have read Yeats in Sligo, Isak Dinesen in Kenya, and John Muir in the Sierras. By far my finest You Are There hour, however, was spent reading the journals of John Wesley Powell, the one-armed Civil War veteran who led the first expedition down the Colorado River, while I was camped at Granite Rapids in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
– Anne Fadiman,
Five years ago, in the early days of April 2015, I was in Rome with my friend Crystal in anticipation and then celebration of Holy Week.
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Around this time last year, I travelled to Greece to participate in a ten-day winter school themed “ Athens through the Ages” organized by Greek Studies on Site.
The program was led by an Athenian named Georgia Sermamoglou who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Plato in the Classics department at the University of Virginia. She’s an amazing teacher and guide.
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