Selected voices of ancient and modern Greece through literature, philosophy and film making
One week seminar based on 5 prominent figures of the Greek civilization throughout the years: Plato, Cavafy, Kazantzakis, Cacoyannis and Elytis.
A journey from Plato’s cavern to Nobel prize winner Odysseas Elytis
Instructor: Dimitra Adami
|COURSE NAME||SEMINAR ON GREEK CIVILIZATION|
|DATE||APRIL 06 – APRIL 11, 2020|
|COURSE INFO||5 TEACHING SESSIONS, 1 CULTURAL SESSION|
|WORKING LANGUAGE||ENGLISH (OR FRENCH IF REQUESTED)|
|SCHEDULE OF LESSONS||10:00 – 13:00|
|DEADLINE||MARCH 20, 2020|
Short Description of the Seminar Courses
Come to enjoy a unique journey through space and time trying to explore and study essential human questions such as:
- What is the purpose of human existence?
- How does man fulfill his destiny-if there is such-?
- Is what we perceive with our senses true and to what extend and what does modern science believe upon the subject?
- How has the role of women changed in modern Greece in the post second world war years? And what does it really mean to be determined free-spirited and committed to one’s inner truth and purpose?
- And of course, what are the elements of the quintessential of absolute love that people have always been seeking for, as an ultimate a force of life, freedom and power?
All these sociopolitical and philosophical questions will be examined as they appear in major excerpts of five great Greek creators and thinkers of their time.
The first will be the philosopher Plato and we will focus on the allegory of the cave coming from his work “Republic” 380 B.C. We intend to examine Plato’s views about the nature of knowledge and the nature of reality and of course the distinction between perception and reality, appearance and truth, manipulation and freedom.
Secondly, we will examine a great poet of his time C. P. Cavafy, born in Alexandria Egypt, and we shall think through his famous poem Ithaca published in 1911 about the importance of the journey and whether it is more important than the destination in our lives.
One of the greatest writers of all times will come next, N. Kazantzakis with the study of an excerpt of his book “Alexis Zorbas” published in 1946. In his work we can contemplate questions concerning the perception of existence and divine presence in human life.
Coming up next is Μ. Cacoyannis a very important director who filmed “Stella” a film that won the golden globe in the festival of Cannes in 1955 and is based on the theatrical play by I. Kambanellis. The story told is that of an unconventional woman, singer of Rebetico and her lifestyle through a big love story. It is worth saying that Stella was played by the great actress Melina Merkouri.
Last but not least in this journey comes Odysseas Elytis an amazing poet and a Nobel prize winner in literature in 1979. We will study his love poem The Monogram originally published in Greece in 1972. Reading this poem one can only fall in love with the notion of absolute love presented in the words of the poet. Lucky is thus, he who has so deeply loved.
The one-week seminar on Greek civilization has a duration of 6 days, 5 days of teaching sessions and one day dedicated to cultural activities. Each session will have a duration of three hours and will be based on three axes:
- Short presentation of each creator with modern technological tools (power point presentation etc.)
- Study of an extract of his work with both the Greek and English text with some elaboration questions
- Further discussion on the views of each figure
It should be noted that the film Stella by M. Cacoyannis will be projected and there will be supplementary cultural events following the courses such as a visit to the M. Cacoyannis foundation and a visit to the Cavafy archive at Onassis Foundation cultural center in Athens.