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Visitor Voices – Ideal Cities, Ideal Lives? Ancient and Modern Urbanity
Visitor Voices – Ideal Cities, Ideal Lives? Ancient and Modern Urbanity

Visitor Voices – Ideal Cities, Ideal Lives? Ancient and Modern Urbanity

Join session four of Visitor Voices: Open Symposium Series for a guided, casual Socratic discussion about built environments in ancient Greece.

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12 Aug 2023, 12:40 pm – 1:30 pm

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


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 years and older.

Session 4 – Ideal Cities, Ideal Lives? Ancient and Modern Urbanity

How does Melbourne city stack up to the likes of ancient Athens and Sparta? What does the urban planning of Melbourne have in common with the ancient cities of Pompeii (Italy), Alexandria (Egypt) and Taxalia (Punjab, Pakistan)? How do you perceive the liveability of our city, and what kinds of cities should we live in? Hear about the ancient Greek concepts of an ideal city, and consider how built spaces have influenced their citizens' spatial mobility, expression of power and potential for creativity for centuries.

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