The second annual Hellenic Museum Summer School is pleased to present a new series of short courses looking at the ancient Greek world over one week in January. Classes are informative, relaxed and entertaining, and anyone is welcome. No prior knowledge required!

Socrates: His Life and Times

Socrates: His Life and Times

Socrates was a fascinating and controversial character. He was considered a dangerous trouble-maker by some of his contemporaries and the father of Western philosophy by others. The times in which he lived were 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.

Session 1: Socrates’ World – Athenian Democracy and Empire

Session 2: Socrates’ Education – the World of the Sophists

Session 3: Socrates’ Mission to Make Athens a Batter Place

Session 4: Socrates Takes on the Tyrants

Session 5: The Democracy Takes on Socrates – His Trial and Execution

5 x 1 hour sessions

 

Socrates was a fascinating and controversial character. He was considered a dangerous trouble-maker by some of his contemporaries and the father of Western philosophy by others. The times in which he lived were 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.

Session 1: Socrates’ World – Athenian Democracy and Empire

Session 2: Socrates’ Education – the World of the Sophists

Session 3: Socrates’ Mission to Make Athens a Better Place

Session 4: Socrates Takes on the Tyrants

Session 5: The Democracy Takes on Socrates – His Trial and Execution

5 x 1 hour sessions

WHEN:   8-12 January 2018  

TIME:     10:00-11:00 am each day

WHERE: 280 William St. Melbourne, 3000

COST:     $150 full, $120 concession

Love and Relationships in Ancient Greece

This course explores how the Greeks thought about love and relationships. While many sentiments seem very familiar, some ideas are startlingly different. We explore the theme in poetry, theatre, philosophy and art, including the female poet Sappho. By looking at different types of literature, we build an understanding of the variety and complexity of ancient attitudes to this fundamental aspect of life and see interesting differences between then and today.

Session 1: Introduction: Greek Ideas and Modern Ideas

Session 2: The Poets: Homer, Sappho and Others

Session 3: Tragedies and Comedies: Euripides and Aristophanes

Session 4: The Philosophers: Plato’s Symposium and Aristotle

Session 5: The Legacy of Greece to Rome: Lucretius and Catullus

5 x 1 hour sessions

WHEN:   8-12 January 2018  

TIME:     11:30-12:30 am each day

WHERE: 280 William St. Melbourne, 3000

COST:     $150 full, $120 concession

 

Understanding Greek Theatre Like an Ancient Greek

How did the Greeks’ experience of tragedy differ from ours? How and why did the Greeks use myth for their storylines? What elements excited a Greek audience? And what caused the audience to throw their food at the actors? In this course, we look at the way that Greek tragedy was performed and understood in antiquity. Following three sessions looking at how Greek tragedy worked, we spend two sessions looking in detail at Euripides’ Medea to see the theory in practice.

Session 1: The Birth of Tragedy – Myth, Poetry, Performance and Theatre

Session 2: The Setting of Tragedy – Theatres, Actors, Costumes and Festivals

Session 3: The Theory of Tragedy – Aristotle on What Makes a Good Tragedy

Session 4: Understanding Euripides’ Medea

Session 5: Euripides’ Medea Continued

5 x 1 hour sessions

WHEN:   8-12 January 2018  

TIME:     1:30 - 2:30 pm each day

WHERE: 280 William St. Melbourne, 3000

COST:     $150 full, $120 concession

An Introduction to Classical Mythology

This course will explore and try to understand some of the most important and interesting myths of the Greeks and Romans, such as the Trojan War, Oedipus, Hercules, Orpheus, the Minotaur and Greek versions of the beginning of the universe. Designed for people wanting to broaden their knowledge and understanding of these myths which have inspired much of Western art, literature and thought.

Includes a private viewing of the Hellenic Museum’s collection.

Session 1: In the Beginning … the Creation of the Universe and the Older Generations of Gods

Session 2: The Younger Gods – Apollo, Dionysus, Athena, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone and More

Session 3: The Questing Heroes – including Hercules, Theseus, Oedipus and Orpheus

Session 4: The Use of Myth in Ancient Greece

Session 5: At the End … the Trojan War and its Aftermath

5 x 2 hour sessions

WHEN:   8-12 January 2018  

TIME:     3:00 - 5:00 pm each day

WHERE: 280 William St. Melbourne, 3000

COST:     $180 full, $150 concession

 
 

About the Presenter

Dr Christopher Gribbin has taught at Melbourne, Monash and La Trobe universities and is an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne. He founded the University of Melbourne’s Classics Summer School in 2002 and ran it for 15 years.

Christopher regularly presents lectures to community groups, professional organisations and school groups. He also leads cultural tours to visit ancient sites with Australians Studying Abroad. He is well regarded as a clear and enthusiastic teacher who loves to share his passion about the ancient world with the community.  Find out more about Chris.

For any queries, contact classicsmelb@gmail.com or call (03) 8615 9016. 

THE HELLENIC MUSEUM

 

280 William Street, Melbourne 

Victoria, 3000

 

(03) 8615 9016

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