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Ancient Philosophy: Why do we think the way we do?

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Start date: 3rd Nov 2020

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Cost: £45

Day: Tuesday

Duration: 4 weeks

Tutor: Gillian Hovell

Course code: 20AU116

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Explore Ancient Philosophy and discover how Western thought has been influenced by remarkable personalities and schools of philosophy that thrived over 2,000 years ago!

Meet the Pre-Socratics who, by the power of pure thought, tried to establish what the universe was made of, and then encounter Socrates who 'brought philosophy down from the heavens' and into our human lives; just how CAN we live a better, more fulfilled life? His answers are as relevant today as they were 2,400 years ago!

Plato followed Socrates and it has been said that all philosophy since is a footnote to his work. Aristotle, who was tutor to Alexander the Great, was the first philosopher who used what we might think of as science and created a highly influential understanding of the power of Logic.

Join Gillian Hovell, 'The Muddy Archaeologist' to explore these and more in a vibrant, engaging online experience; find out how the great ancient schools of philosophy - the Epicureans, Cynics and Stoics and Neoplatonists - have shaped our modern lives.

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Hovell, Gillian, Head 3 Muddy Archaeologist (2)

Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell BA(Hons), professionally known as ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’, is an ancient historian and archaeologist who lectures for York University and for the British Museum and throughout Britain as well as internationally.
She has spent years lecturing on tours and cruises throughout the Ancient Mediterranean, inspiring guests to really enjoy their explorations into the ancient world, and she has excavated at sites including Roman Pompeian Oplontis.
Gillian shares her expertise and passion for ancient history by engaging with audiences in books, in person, in the field, in the media and on line.
Her speciality is in digging deeper into our ancient past to add depth, colour and meaning to our modern lives today; the ancient cultures have much to tell us about our common humanity, and they influenced our own heritage and still speak to us today.
Prepare to visit the past and to discover about ourselves as well as those who lived, loved and died millennia ago.

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