This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.
The Classical World contributed an endless array of concepts to the world: the politics of demokritia vs. tyrannos, enduring architectural design, comedy and tragedy, the tradition of Plato and Socrates, the power of Republic and Empire.
Once upon a time, many American school children were expected to struggle through conjugations and declensions to discover Caesar’s exploits in Gaul. Aspiring artists spent hours sketching Greek and Roman statuary. Even politicians were expected to quote easily from Pericles, Cicero, or Cato.
This seminar will provide an overview from the early days of Troy and the founding myths of Rome, through the development of Greek culture, ending with Rome at the peak of her power.
Guest speakers and subjects will include:
March 24: Dr. Nicole Brown, classicist at Williams College, Roman specialty. The Mediterranean World: Foundation Myths from the Wine Dark Sea to Mare Nostrum. The session will focus on Roman life and the position of the classics today.
April 7: Edward Tivnan, freelance writer/classicist, and Angie Doll Dowrin, educator-classicist. The meaning of life?! We'll touch on Greek philosophy and its contributions, both intellectual and practical: the allegory of the cave, the laws of Aristotle, and mixed government then and now. What were the Greek inspirations and Roman implementation?
April 14:David Macaulay, Romeillustrator. We'll go over the archeological record, new technology, transcending the trench-- the built world of Roman city planning! The session will explore the design and society of the ancient world, and how it serves as a template for today.
April 21:Edward Tivnan, freelance writer/classicist, and Angie Doll Dowrin, educator. Kings and Tyrants. Senators and tyrants. Ephors. Hellenistic Greece. Was Alexander a flash in the pan? This session will cover the historical and political heritage of Greece and Rome, along with philosophy and Christianity.
April 28: The Greek
Heritage and Style. The session will serve as a summary, structured in part by seminar
Philip Deely holds an undergraduate degree in history from Hobart College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. He taught at Simon’s Rock and Phillips Exeter. He served as the Associate Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum and has been a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising, governance, and strategic planning.
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