Starting a new cycle of reading classics!
The Conversatio is a classics discussion club! If you have an interest in studying the classics with others, whether it be ancient or modern classics, please join us! If you are an older teen, or an adult who just wants to educate yourself, we’d love to have you. We meet monthly “in the flesh” in the Charlotte area. It’s possible that we will have an “online component” for those who live further away, as we have in previous years.
What in the world is a “conversatio?”
Perhaps it is obvious to you that the word conversatio is Latin for conversation–but the original term meant something more akin to a “manner of life.” When you examine its roots it literally refers to a “turning together.” So we wish to turn ideas in literature around together, examining it from various angles–to help each other cultivate a thoughtful way of life, to the glory of God. We are literature amateurs (from the Latin: amator), meaning we love to read a book more that we love to analyze it. It’s still fun to do some literary analysis–but we don’t want that to take over! We get together to simply enjoy literature together and spur one another on. We like to point out passages that have stirred us and find out what the others think the main themes are, etc. That’s about it.
We (the founders) adhere to a Christian ecumenical statement of faith, but only people who lead discussions are asked to assent to it. For others we just ask that you respect the fact that we are a group of Christians attempting to understand history and humanity. This is not a forum for arguing about doctrines or beliefs–there are other great places for that.