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Circles are always welcome.

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Newcomers are welcome to join at any time.
 

DATES AND TOPICS

TOPICS TAKEN UP AT PAST STUDY CIRCLES

IWC 2017 STUDY CIRCLE
Tthe Study Circle meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Readings will be posted to the website in advance of each meeting
Groups meet at Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA


A NEW IWC STUDY CIRCLE WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 • JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY EVENING AT 7:30 PM

"A JOURNEY THROUGH CLASSICAL GREECE: CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE"



 

 

JOIN US ON TUESDAY EVENINGS THIS FALL FOR A JOURNEY THROUGH CLASSICAL GREECE.
BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 12TH AND EXTENDING THROUGH DECEMBER 19, 2017,
WE WILL EXPLORE AND DISCUSS CLASSICAL GREEK CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE.

HOW DID THE THOUGHT AND VALUES OF CLASSICAL GREECE INFLUENCE THE REST OF THE WORLD DURING A TRANSFORMATIVE PERIOD OF TIME?
CAN THE INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL VALUES OF THE AGE PROVIDE INSIGHTS INTO CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND MEET EXISTENTIAL CHALLENGES?
THESE AND OTHER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS WILL FORM THE DISCUSSION.



READINGS ARE PROVIDED TO HELP US PREPARE FOR DISCUSSION WILL BE POSTED TO THE WEBSITE AT LEAST A WEEK IN ADVANCE OF EACH MEETING.
  READINGS LISTED WILL ADD TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND THE RICHNESS OF THE DISCUSSION.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN AT ANY TIME.

THE PRIMARY SOURCES OF READINGS WILL BE FROM:

MYTHOLOGY: TIMELESS TALES OF GODS AND HEROES BY EDITH HAMILTON
THE GREEK WAY BY EDITH HAMILTON
THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION BY KAREN ARMSTRONG.
BEFORE AND AFTER SOCRATES BY F.M. CORNFORD

LIST OF READINGS:
NOTE: THE PAGE NUMBERS LISTED ON THE PRINTER-FRIENDLY LIST OF READINGS FOR THE KAREN ARMSTRONG BOOK ARE TAKEN FROM THE HARDBACK VERSION OF THE BOOK. THE POSTED READINGS THEMSELVES (SEE LINKS TO PDFS BELOW) HAVE BEEN SCANNED FROM A PAPERBACK VERSION AND THE PAGINATION DIFFERS FROM THE HARDBACK. IF THE READING (BELOW) IS NOT UNDERLINED THAT MEANS THAT THE READING IS NOT YET AVAILABLE.


Meeting Date

Topic for Discussion

Presentations and Readings
Links to readings will be posted at least a week before the meeting.

Sept 12

Historical Introduction to Ancient and Classical Greece

Presentation: A videotaped lecture on Ancient Greece by Jeff Crowe will be shown.

Sept 19

Greek Religion and Mythology

Readings:
1. The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton, "The Religion of the Greeks", pgs. 284-302
2. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, Edith Hamilton, "How the World and Mankind were Created", pgs. 87-94
3. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Ritual"

Sept 26

 

Greek Myths and Human Nature

Readings:
1. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, Edith Hamilton, "Introduction to Classical Mythology," pgs. 1-12.
2. Ibid, "Theseus" pgs. 208-223
3. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Kenosis"
4. Ibid, "Knowledge"

Oct 3

Greek Politics: The Emergence of the City State (Polis)

Readings: The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, Review readings for previous week: "Kenosis" and "Knowledge"; "Polis"

Oct 10

Greek Philosophy: Conceptual Foundations of Modern Science

Readings:
1. Before and After Socrates, F.M. Cornford, "Ionian Science before Socrates", pgs, 1-28
2. "What is a Cosmos", David Fideler, The Alexandrian, 1996
3. "A Fight for the Soul of Science", Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine, December 16, 2015
4. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Suffering and Empathy" , pgs. 185-190 and 220-223, respectively

Oct 17

Greek Philosophy: The Sophists and Socrates

Readings:
1. Before and After Socrates
, F.M. Cornford, "Socrates", pgs, 29-53
2. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Concern for Everyone", pgs. 248-253, 257-265

Oct 24

Greek Philosophy: Plato on Knowledge and Immortallity

Readings:
1. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, Pythagoras, Concord Grove Press, pgs. 18-20
2. Before and After Socrates, F.M. Cornford, "Plato", pgs. 54-84
3. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "All is One", pgs, 313-326

Oct 31

Greek Social Psychology: The Rational and the Irrational

Readings:
1. "Platonically Irrational", Nick Romeo (handout)
2. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "All is One", pgs, 326-330

Nov 7

Greek Theater: Aeschylus: The First Dramatist

Readings:
1. The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton, "Aeschylus: The First Dramatist", pgs. 239-257
2. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Empathy", pgs. 225-230
Presentation: A video clip from a play by Aeschlus will be shown.

Nov 14

Greek Theater: Sophocles: Quintessence of the Greek

Readings:
1. The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton, "Sophocles: Quintessence of the Greek", pgs. 258-270
2. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Empathy", pgs. 231-232
Presentation: A video clip from a play by Sophocles will be shown.

Nov 21

Greek Theater: Euripides and the Role of Women

Readings:
1. The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton, "Euripides: The Modern Mind", pgs. 271-283
2. The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, "Concern for Others", pgs. 253-257, 263-264; and Euripides, pgs. 301-303, 312-314.
Presentation: A video clip from a play by Euripides will be shown.

Nov 28

The Greek Arts

Reading: "Introduction to Ancient Greek Art"
Presentation: Local art historian Joyce Johnson will present a slide show of Classical Greek architecture, art and sculpture.

Dec 5

Hellenistic Civilization: Ethics and Social Philosophy

Reading: The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong, Click here: "Empire", to print the reading, pgs, 352-356

Dec 12

Hellenistic Civilization: Science and Mathematics

Reading: Click here for reading on Greek Mathematics

Dec 19

What Have We Learned from Classical Greece?

Readings:
1. The Greeks, H.D.F. Kitto, Click here for reading: "The Greek Mind", pgs. 169-194
2. The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton, Click here for reading: "The Way of the Greeks", pgs. 301-330