Summer School Short Course: Socrates: His Life and Times
Explore the legacy of one of history's greatest philosophers in this short course for the Hellenic Museum Summer School 2024.
08 Jan 2024, 1:30 pm – 12 Jan 2024, 2:30 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!
Socrates was a fascinating and controversial character. He was considered a dangerous trouble-maker by some of his contemporaries and a source of inspiration and wisdom by others. The period in which he lived was just as fascinating and included key events of Greek history, such as the development of Athenian democracy, war between Athens and Sparta, and the building of the Parthenon. This course looks at the life of Socrates in its historic context, including how the monumental changes happening in his society shaped him and how he tried to influence society in return.
The course consists of 5 sessions over 5 days, delivered in-person or online at 1.30–2.30PM daily (AEDT). People taking part online can participate live or watch recorded lectures at a time of their convenience. Sessions will cover:
- Socrates’ world – Athenian democracy and empire
- Socrates’ education – the world of the Sophists
- Socrates’ mission to make Athens a better place
- Socrates takes on the tyrants
- The democracy takes on Socrates – his trial and execution
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