Parthenon to Host Saturday Series - Ancient Greek Philosophers

The Parthenon’s Saturday Series 2012
Ancient Greek Philosophers: The Foundation of Western Intellectual History

To help chase away the blahs of mid-winter the Parthenon resumes its well-regarded Saturday Series, scheduled for Saturday mornings in February from 10:30 – noon. This year’s classes cover the philosophers whose work provides the underpinning for the past two millennia of western philosophical thought.

The four Saturdays are devoted to Presocratic Philosophers (2/4), Plato (2/11), Aristotle (2/18) and Hellenistic Philosophers (2/25) and will be taught by three faculty members from Belmont University’s Philosophy Department.

The Presocratics were the earliest Greek philosophers, appearing after Homer and before Socrates. Their work laid the foundation for western philosophy, science and theology. Plato founded a school and research institution known as The Academy and wrote over thirty influential dialogues. The history of western thought since then has been referred to as “a series of footnotes to Plato.”

Plato’s most famous student, Aristotle, founded his own school, The Lyceum, and wrote about everything from Physics and Metaphysics to Politics, Poetry and Zoology. The Hellenistic era (323 BCE – 146 BCE) produced Epicureanism, Stoicism and Neoplatonism.

The series costs $60 ($50 to members of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park) and those interested in taking the classes may call the Parthenon (615-862-8431) or go to the Events page on the Parthenon’s website ( for more information about location and how to sign up.


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