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Summer School Short Course: Love and Relationships in Ancient Greece
Summer School Short Course: Love and Relationships in Ancient Greece

Summer School Short Course: Love and Relationships in Ancient Greece

Explore love and relationships through ancient poetry, theatre and philosophy, in this short course for the Hellenic Museum Summer School 2024.

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08 Jan 2024, 11:30 am – 12 Jan 2024, 12:30 pm

Online or at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Join the Hellenic Museum and Dr Christopher Gribbin at the seventh annual Summer School. Spend a week exploring the spectacular and fascinating world of the ancient Greeks and Romans in this series of informative, relaxed and entertaining short courses, where anyone is welcome!

This course explores how the ancient Greeks thought about love and relationships. Love and relationships were a fundamental part of life then, as they are today. However, the way that the ancient Greeks made sense of them was not always the same as it is today. This course will explore the theme in poetry, theatre and philosophy, including the female poet Sappho. We’ll see the variety and complexity of ancient attitudes and interesting differences between the ancient and modern worlds.

The course consists of 5 sessions over 5 days, delivered in-person or online at 11.30AM–12.30PM daily (AEDT). People taking part online can participate live or watch recorded lectures at a time of their convenience. Sessions will cover:

  1. Introduction: Greek and modern ideas
  2. The poets: Homer, Sappho and others
  3. Tragedies and comedies: Euripedes and Aristophanes
  4. The philosophers: Plato's Symposium and Aristotle
  5. The legacy of Greece to Rome: Lucretius and Catullus



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