The Philosophical Quest

OVERVIEW

It is hard to overlook the fundamental impact Greek philosophers had on western thought and history. Let us, therefore, embark on our philosophical quest along the Sacred Way from Athens to the mysterious and venerable Eleusis. This is but the beginning of our pursuit of knowledge as we venture to the major healing centre established on the island of Kos, and the historical center of Rhodes for further enlightenment. This purposeful quest provides a philosophical gaze to understanding the cities of Athens and Eleusis, and the islands of Kos and Rhodes, as well as the entire Greek history. Participants are guided through on-site seminars, workshops and visits to outstanding locations where Greek philosophy flourished.


Available throughout the year upon request


OVERVIEW

It is hard to overlook the fundamental impact Greek philosophers had on western thought and history. Let us, therefore, embark on our philosophical quest along the Sacred Way from Athens to the mysterious and venerable Eleusis. This is but the beginning of our pursuit of knowledge as we venture to the major healing centre established on the island of Kos, and the historical center of Rhodes for further enlightenment. This purposeful quest provides a philosophical gaze to understanding the cities of Athens and Eleusis, and the islands of Kos and Rhodes, as well as the entire Greek history. Participants are guided through on-site seminars, workshops and visits to outstanding locations where Greek philosophy flourished.


Available throughout the year upon request


THE SYLLABUS

Ancient Philosophy

Ancient Greek philosophy was born in the 6th century BCE, as philosophers strove to comprehend the world in a non-religious way. It has exerted a tremendous influence on Western philosophical thought and culture, to the point that the Anglo-American mathematician Alfred North Whitehead described the European philosophical tradition as little more than footnotes on Plato. This is an advanced reading course on Greek philosophical texts, such as Plato’s Symposium, a praise of Eros (Love) and one of the most famous literary products of ancient Greek thought. The module assumes some prior knowledge of Greek prose text, its forms, vocabulary, and syntax. Students will become acquainted with philosophical literature through primary and secondary sources.

Ancient Philosophers

Ancient Greek philosophy was born in Miletus, a city on the coast of Asia Minor, in the 6th century BCE and lasted through the Late Antiquity. Students can expect a thematic and chronological overview of the broad movements of ancient thought, from the distinction between reason and myth in archaic Greece to the differentiation of the three main areas of Hellenistic and Roman philosophy: physics, logic, and ethics. This includes a detailed study of selected thinkers (such as Heraclitus, Protagoras, Aristotle, Epicurus, Cicero, and Marcus Aurelius), and what is known of their lives and motivations, within these traditions. Primary readings will be from Greek and Roman literature in English translation.

Ancient Rhetoric

Rhetoric is the art of public speaking to persuade your audience on the merits of your argument. It was born in Mesopotamia but Greeks soon developed it into a literary art form of high standards. This module outlines the development of ancient literary and rhetorical theory through reading and analysis of significant Greek and Roman texts in translation, such as Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric, Cicero’s rhetorical works, and Horace’s Art of Poetry. From their early concepts on the uses and effects of poetry and public speech, the Greeks developed sophisticated theories of literature and rhetoric that were adopted by the Romans and became foundational for modern critical thinking on these subjects.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Wander through the ancient ruins and paths where Plato and Aristotle used to walk and teach their students

• Immerse yourself in the renowned Eleusinian Mysteries, the most sacred religious rites of ancient Greece

• Explore the Asklepieion of Kos; the most renowned healing centre in the western world in which many notable people taught and work, including the father of Medicine, Hippocrates

• Marvel at the foremost masterpieces of Classical Greece, the eternal Parthenon and the exquisite Acropolis of Athens

• Visit fascinating archaeological museums, such as the brand new digital Plato Academy Museum and the stunning National Archaeological Museum, guided by highly-qualified, licensed archaeologists

• Indulge in the classical Greek philosophy through intriguing, on-site seminars and workshops by enthusiastic lecturers

PERKS & OPTIONS

What is included in our programs?

  • 3 US credits provided by the Hellenic American University
  • Accommodation in hand-picked and well-located superior class hotels
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Professionals e.g. licensed guides, lecturers, and tour managers
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
  • All land and sea transportation included in the itinerary of the specific program
  • Information material
  • Local taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the airport in Greece

Optional

  • Airfares to and from Greece
  • Any custom request

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