A few months ago, I wrote about looking forward to going back to school. Back to the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. I’d completed three of the four years a few years ago and had a feeling in my bones that I wanted to complete that last year.
Well, I’m back, and I’m drowning in the readings. A classmate suggested listening to the book. Luckily, with my almost new smart phone, I could download a free app to listen to Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. I’ve found if I can listen while I read, the challenging content and small print become much more manageable.
So, the other day, I was listening to yet another detailed account of the endless battles between the Spartans and Athenians when my husband walked in. He paused a split second and asked, “WHAT are you listening to?”
It’s sort of that bad. For instance, enjoy with me:
About the same time three Spartans–Ramphias, Autocharidas, and Epicydidas-led a reinforcement of nine hundred hoplites to the cities in the Thracian region and arriving at Heraclea in Trachis made changes and reforms there as they thought best.
Multiply that sentence by 57 pages of sentences like that for part of this week’s reading, and you can see why listening to some romantic narrator with a British accent considerably brightens the reading session, even though just the thought of it baffles one’s husband.
Now I have to catch up with a Plutarch reading yet, but I think that may be more than you want to hear about today. I keep reminding myself that I am a lifelong learner, I’m taking these courses by choice, and I’m having a great deal of fun.