Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ancient Greece

This is a tale of new ideas, ambition, overconfidence, war, and desperation. Come hear about the rise and fall of Athens, the war that "saved the western world", and the legendary stories (the Odyssey and the Iliad) that inspired the Greeks. You'll also meet a cast of unforgettable characters: the sh*t disturbing Socrates, the dreamer Plato, captivating Pericles, the story-weaving historian Thucydides, brash Alcibiades, and more!

After we cover the five most popular trivia questions about Ancient Greece and the major stories that all scholars must learn we'll discuss the brutal realism of Athenian imperial politics, the details of their limited citizenship and democracy, as well as sex and gender in the ancient world (including same-sex relationships like the Sacred Band of Thebes).

The echoes of the Ancient Greeks continue to resonate in our world. Their spirit was revived during the Renaissance and continues to touch our movies ("This is Sparta!"), government, modern Olympics, architecture, theater, philosophy, and art (pictured: The School of Athens).

Ancient Greece
Thursday, February 5th.
$5 Unit 102 (46 Noble Street)

"It is from the greatest dangers that the greatest glory is to be won."
History of the Peloponnesian War

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