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Greek: Plato's Phaedrus

Monday., 9pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

*Please note that this course will run only if two or more students enroll.

Course Description: Course Description: This class is an exercise in slow reading. Students are to read and translate in turn sentence by sentence from the original; then follows a detailed analysis of each passage, from the discussion of the nuances of its grammar/syntax to the assessment of its logical/rhetorical force in the context of the argument. NB: It is a continuation of the previous reading class on the same text. We'll resume at 263c6 (Τί μήν;); new students are expected to have read thus far at least in a translation. Sight reading is not required, home preparation is essential.


Level: There will be no fixed assignments; we'll go each time as far as we can, which will depend on how well you are prepared and how much deeper than mere grammar/syntax you wish to go. Students may differ as regards their respective levels of proficiency; yet in class everyone is supposed to read and translate in turn.

Textbook: Plato, Phaedrus edited [with commentary] by Harvey Yunis (Cambridge: UP, 2011); Plato's Phaedrus: A Commentary for Greek Readers by Paul Ryan (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012).

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

Regular price $250.00

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Born and grew up in Leningrad, USSR. Was among the founders and faculty of the first independent School of Religion and Philosophy in that country (1989). M.A. in Patristics, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, NY; Ph.D. in Early History of Christian Doctrine, Princeton Theological Seminary. Publications include: a monograph on Clement of Alexandria (American and Russian editions); an annotated translation of a treatise by Maximus Confessor (two Russian editions). From 2004 to 2016 was a regular participant of the Classical Philosophy Reading Group at Princeton. Teaching at Telepaideia on Plato and Aristotle uninterruptedly since Spring 2017.