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Doing the funky Gibbon

I have a notion of making my next big reading project to get through the whole of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a chapter at a time. The whole text is on-line here and elsewhere. I think I would like to pace it at about two chapters a week. I did start making notes on the earlier chapters at the beginning of this year, but paced it wrong and ran into the sand.

My question is, would anyone be interested in making this some kind of group activity? Perhaps set up a separate LJ account or community to cover it. I would commit to posting my own thoughts regularly, or indeed preferably spread that burden around other interested parties, starting in the first week of September.

On the other hand, perhaps it's entirely adequate to just post here, tagging appropriately, along with a master index of the kind I pasted into my Shakespeare reviews after I had finished them. That is certainly the default option.

Views welcome.


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Aug. 13th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Go on, I'm in.
Aug. 13th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested, and that sounds like a workable schedule especially in terms of being possible to catch up if someone falls behind/is away etc
Aug. 13th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
I've got drink taken but my first thought was I'd love to see you to the Funky Gibbon.
Aug. 13th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'll read along and offer short comments.
Aug. 14th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
I'd like to join in, while I have time. Getting a job would kill it, but that hasn't happened yet so I can start, at least.
Aug. 14th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
I'm old enough now to recognise this as EXACTLY the kind of thing I'd want to do, but that I lack the dedication to actually stick to. I'd certain begin it with the best intentions :D
Aug. 14th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Accepting a duty.
My aunt left me a handsome three volume Folio Society edition in a slipcase. To turn down the offer would be tempting Jove.

I can hardly wait to get on to the cruelties and follies of Commodus, but I'll take it gently. Please excuse any falling behind.
Aug. 17th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think I could manage two chapters a week. I'd pleased to join you and find out.
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