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Open Symposium Series
12.40PM Saturdays fortnightly — 1, 15 & 29 July, 12 & 26 August

The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about 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. Each session will delve into a new theme, with no prior knowledge required – just a sense of curiosity and a willingness to join in!

Due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.

What is a Socratic discussion?

The Socratic method of discussion places emphasis on shared dialogue between teacher and students, or in this case, Museum and visitor. Each session, staff will present thought-provoking, open-ended questions for participants to discuss and ask questions of their own in return. There is no prior knowledge required, and the session is designed to be open, casual and inquisitive. There are no wrong answers — only opportunities to learn.

While Visitor Voices does not shy away from difficult conversations, respect is a must. Participants should bring a spirit of thoughtfulness and friendly inquiry to their interactions.

Explore sessions and topics


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





12.40–1.30PM (50 minutes)

Saturday 01 July 2023

Hellenic Museum

280 William St, Melbourne

$20 General

$15 Concession

$10 Members

Includes Museum entry

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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