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Ulysses and the Sirens by H.J.Draper An Academic Conference and Tour of Ancient Sites Exedra Mediterranean Center Syracuse, Sicily, October 5-8, 2022 (new dates) With a post-conference tour October 9-10 Homeric Thrinacia – our Sicily – is the legendary home of the Cattle of the Sun, the Cyclops, the Laestrygonians, Aeolus, and close neighbor of Skylla...
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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...
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Seventh Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece  “Paideia and Performance” the educational function of theatrical, rhetorical, athletic, and musical performance with a pre-conference seminar on Aeschylus and a theater-themed post-conference excursion Exedra Mediterranean Center Syracuse, Sicily, May 29 – June 4, 2022 Ancient Greek culture was marked by a love for cultural performances—theatrical,...
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“Ancient Greek for Philosophers” is a series of online and in-person activities designed to help scholars of ancient philosophy better engage with the original Greek text.  Whether you have never studied ancient Greek or simply need to brush up and exercise your skills, our courses and reading groups mix language learning with philosophical discussion of...
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Classical Languages Summer School in Sicily – “Searching for happiness; life and death in Greece and Rome” Dr. George Gazis, Dr. Chiara Blanco and Prof. Heather Reid will be leading the Classical Languages Summer School in Siracusa, Sicily, from 2-13 August 2021,  looking for happiness in the writings of the past. Siracusa, with its great...
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Theocritus, Sicily’s most renowned poet in antiquity, has captured the island’s beauty and allure in his Idylls, offering us a window through its landscapes into the everyday life of its ancient inhabitants, including their love-affairs and disappointments, fears and hopes. In this brief course, we will be reading Idylls 1 and 11, in which the poet paints a...
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“Athletics, Gymnastics and Agon in Plato”, eds. H. Reid, M. Ralkowski, and C.P. Zoller (Sioux City: Parnassos Press, 2020) has just been published. It will be presented by the editors on Monday 26th October at 3pm Italian time (CET) live here on Exedra Mediterranean Center’s Facebook page. Plato’s philosophy combines competition and cooperation in pursuit...
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It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of online Ancient Greek classes that will run this coming autumn and winter. Our tutors are Dr. George Gazis and Dr. Chiara Blanco who will lead the classes live. Beginners Greek Course:  Every WEDNESDAY at 18:00 – 20:00 Italian Time UTC+2 Starting on 14th of October...
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INTERMEDIATE LATIN Week 2 Sunday 9th – Friday 14th August 17:00 – 19:00 Italian time (UTC+2) This ‘refresher’ online Latin course will consist of 6 x 120-minute classes which will take place between the 9th and 14th of August 2020. As we are based in Sicily, we will read a selection of passages from Cicero’s...
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The Covid 19 crisis has forced us to change our plans for this Summer course. Ancient Greek will go on-line for short “taster” courses from 3rd – 8th August 2020 and 9th-14th August 2020. BEGINNERS GREEK Week 1 Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th August 14:00 – 16:00 Italian time (UTC+2) INTERMEDIATE GREEK Week 1 Monday...
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