Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers: A Readings and Discussion series on Zoom

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Philosophy is generally defined as the study of fundamental questions about knowledge, reality, and existence. It often involves critical thinking, reasoning, and argumentation, as well. It's also a subject that can be very intimidating to the average individual. The question: is ancient wisdom from philosophers long dead and gone still relevant today? Has it shaped the way we think or act toward others? Does it have anything to do with our everyday lives? We dare to think so!

This six-part series, held on Zoom, invites participants to read and discuss the writings and thoughts of three ancient philosophers -- Aristotle, Seneca, and Cicero -- through the lens of modern translations and interpretations. We will read excerpts of each philosopher's writings, using a series of books called Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers; provide background information; and foster a welcoming atmosphere for discussion of their relevancy in today's world.

Our goal is to offer participants a better understanding of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, promote discourse in a welcome environment, and determine how the ancient philosophers' advice holds up in modern settings. Audience participation, questions, and respectful debate will be welcomed and encouraged.  This series is made possible through a grant from Humanities New York. 

Instructor: Giacomo Calabria is an award-winning history educator, author, and journalist and is a frequent facilitator for the New York Council for the Humanities.   

Please be sure to provide an email address when registering so we can send you a syllabus and readings for the series.  We'll also send you a Zoom link the day before each session.