Siracusa Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy
July 18 – 29, 2022
The ability to navigate Greek texts enhances our understanding of ancient philosophy and reveals its hidden treasures. “Greek for Philosophers” provides opportunities for scholars of philosophy to cultivate their language skills and engage with the ancient texts, whether they have studied Greek before or not.
Phillip Mitsis of NYU will be Guest Professor of the 2022 Siracusa Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy, together with Dr. George Gazis, Dr. Chiara Blanco and Prof. Heather Reid, and Plato’s Euthyphro will be the focus. The first Socratic dialogue that most people read, Euthyphro not only introduces us to Plato’s literary and philosophical methods, it opens up the fundamental topic of the relationship among ethics, religion, and society. By studying the Euthyphro with facing Greek, this seminar will highlight this “minor” dialogue’s special significance for moral philosophy.
Siracusa, with its great Greek heritage, is the perfect place to study the works of Plato and Ancient Greek – and to enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle between classes. The courses will be held in-person in Siracusa so participants can soak up the atmophere of the beautiful island of Ortigia and alternate study with cultural activities in and around the city. It may also be possible to participate online.
Dr George Gazis is Assistant Professor in Greek Literature at the Department of Classics and Ancient History, at Durham University. His research interests lie in Archaic Greek Poetry (mainly Homer), as well as Greek Lyric and Tragedy.
Dr Chiara Blanco is a Research Lecturer in Classics at Trinity College, University of Oxford. Her main research interests lie in the intersections between ancient literature (Greek tragedy in particular) and medicine, and she is also interested in the role of the senses and emotions in Greek and Roman culture.
Prof. Heather Reid is emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa USA and Scholar in Residence at Exedra Mediterranean Center in Siracusa, Sicily. As founder of Fonte Aretusa, she promotes conferences and research on Western Greece and has published on ancient philosophy, philosophy of sport, and Olympic Studies.
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