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Proclus: Elements of Theology (Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading)

Sun., 9am (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: The most important philosopher of the Neoplatonic school of Athens in the fifth century, a tireless commentator of Plato and the Chaldean Oracles, theurgist, poet, mathematician, astronomer and, above all, an unparalleled systematizer. His works defined the way Platonic philosophy was perceived until the Renaissance. Elements of Theology, his first, probably juvenile work, presents his entire metaphysical system articulated in propositions, each of which is proved on the basis of elementary axioms of logic. Structured along the lines of Euclid's Elements and influenced deeply Spinoza's later Ethics, in this book, for the first time a philosopher of antiquity systematized in a mathematical way more geometrico a metaphysical theory


Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Textbook: The original greek will be read using the unique edition by E.R. Dodds;

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

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Ilias Kolokouris

Ilias Kolokouris is a Ph.D. student in Classics at the University of Athens and New College, Oxford. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master's Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. His master's thesis was on Politeness Strategies and Gender in Refusals to Invitation - how to teach refusals to learners of modern Greek. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, for the Modern Greek Language Centre of the University of Athens and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. He also teaches at the Living Greek in Greece High School Program. His current research focuses on the reception of ancient Greek literature within Modern Greek Aestheticism prose and British Decadence in Oxford. His translation of Women of Homer by Oscar Wilde into Modern Greek was published by Kastaniotis Publications in 2021 and his Modern Greek For Classicists was published by Paideia Press in 2021.