Reading Essential Texts Seminars





The study of key texts in small seminar groups




Milton by William Blake

22 January – 25 March 2024, Mondays, 10 weekly meetings


Leader         Dr Valentin Gerlier

Time             6.45 – 8.15pm  Please arrive promptly

Venue           London, SW10; full address on booking


This seminar will offer a close reading of William Blake’s Milton, an illuminated epic and encyclopaedic poem which, through a mythopoetic re-telling of John Milton’s return to earth to correct his poetic and theological errors, narrates a universal tale of separation, transformation and return into the ‘Eternal Great Humanity Divine’. Blake’s poem explores the related themes of prophecy, love, divine justice, the nature of genuine atonement and sacrifice, as well as the meaning and power of the poetic imagination – among many others.


David Erdman (ed.), The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake (revised edition) (Bantam, 1988)


David Bindman (ed.), William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books (Thames and Hudson, 2000)


VALENTIN GERLIER is Senior Lecturer in Poetics of Imagination at Dartington Arts School and Tutor for the Temenos Academy.


Course cost

£120 or £80 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions.

Those attending must be aged 18 or over.

Advance bookings only please

T 07513 883 335





Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare   (continued from last term)

Leader           Dr Joseph Milne

Text              the Arden edition


24 January – 27 March 2024, Wednesdays, 10 weekly meetings


Time             2.30 – 4pm  Please arrive promptly

Venue           The School of Philosophy and Economic Science


Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar presents us with a drama of the conflicting codes of honour that shape the Roman world, plunging each protagonist into inescapable inner and outer conflicts. Caesar’s rising ‘ambition’ compels each to take a stand, willingly or unwillingly, wisely or unwisely, drawing them into the fateful sweep of time and the consequences of unheeded dreams, portents and omens. There is no simple moral right or wrong to choose between in Julius Caesar. The typical Roman virtues of constancy, honour, courage, loyalty, detachment, and resoluteness all prove unequal to the challenge of Caesar’s despotic rise to power and to the consequences of his assassination. In Shakespeare’s hands the fate of Rome becomes a mirror to the human condition where city and soul are inextricably bound together.

JOSEPH MILNE is the editor of Land and Liberty, the journal of the Henry George Foundation, the author of several Temenos Academy Papers, including The Lost Vision of Nature (2018), and of Natural Law and the Just Society, to be published by Shepheard-Walwyn. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy, a member of its Academic Board and teaches the ‘Mysticism’ module of the Foundation Course in the Perennial Philosophy.


Course cost

£100 or £75 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions.

Full-time students and Temenos Academy Young Scholars, £40.

Those attending must be aged 18 or over.

Advance bookings only please

T 07513 883 335







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