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Visitor Voices: Getting Social 2
Visitor Voices: Getting Social 2

Visitor Voices: Getting Social 2

What does it mean to be 'social' in antiquity and modernity? A series of casual Socratic discussions explores social theory in the ancient and modern worlds.

Event Information

14 Dec 2024, 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm

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


Getting Social 2: What does it mean to be 'social' in antiquity and modernity?

What did it mean to be social in the ancient world compared to today, and how have codes and expectations of ‘sociability’ changed over time? As we amp up to the holiday season, join us for some ancient Greek and Roman tips for hosting your end-of-year parties (read: orgies). We'll explore everything from dormouse dinners – popular with ancient Romans and modern mafioso! – to skeleton mosaic decor and the ancient Greek custom of Xenia (inviting people off the street into your home and giving them food and drink before even asking their name). Come with your own party or hosting stories to share, and let's explore how we've been social for centuries.


About Visitor Voices

The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about philosophy, politics and the meaning of life. 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.

On the third Saturday of every month, Museum staff will guide participants through a Socratic-style discussion among a small group, unleashing your inner philosopher and creating a dialogue between institution and visitor. In 2024 we will explore four major themes – Conflict and Humanity, Law and Freedom, Childhood and Getting Social – with each theme explored over 2–3 sessions, and every session centred around a different question. There's no prior knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity!

Tickets include Museum general admission before or after the session. Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.

This is the final Visitor Voices session of 2024. To explore earlier themes and sessions, see the Visitor Voices hub.


  • General Admission

    From $28.00 to $35.00
    • $35.00
      +$0.88 service fee
    • $28.00
      +$0.70 service fee



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