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Visitor Voices – Memento Mori: The Art of Living and Dying
Visitor Voices – Memento Mori: The Art of Living and Dying

Visitor Voices – Memento Mori: The Art of Living and Dying

Join session one of Visitor Voices: Open Symposium Series for a guided, casual Socratic discussion about varied outlooks on life and death in ancient Greece.

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01 July 2023, 12:40 pm – 1:30 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing philosophy, politics, the meaning of life and everything in between. Inspired by these ancient symposia, Visitor Voices invites you to explore some of life's age-old questions from a modern perspective, in a casual group environment.

These fortnightly discussions will unleash your inner philosopher as Museum staff guide a Socratic discussion among a small group of participants. Socratic discussions place emphasis on a shared, equal dialogue – staff will open conversation with thought-provoking questions which participants are encouraged to discuss and ask questions in return, creating a back and forth dialogue between institution and visitor.

Each session will delve into a new theme, with no prior knowledge required – just a sense of curiosity and a willingness to join in! Tickets include Museum general admission.

Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for audiences aged 15 and older.

Session 1 –  Memento Mori: The Art of Living and Dying

In the past, memento mori were symbolic reminders that time is short for all, and that the inevitibility of death should act as a reminder for us to 'seize the day'. Throughout history, these reminders have come in many forms; some were there to humble, others to inspire zest for life. Join us as we explore varied outlooks on life and death in antiquity, including a few tips on living and dying from the likes of Socrates, ancient Egyptians, Roman emperors and the Moirai (fates) of ancient Greek mythology.

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