Course ObjectiveIn-depth introduction to Greek intellectual life during the ‘long second
century’, from the Flavian up to and including the Severan period;
recognizance of the problems involved in characterizing the intellectual
and cultural life of a period.
Course ContentDiscussion of the life and work of some ten prominent intellectuals from
the period under discussion, each of them representing a specific
intellectual discipline as well as a specific view of the role in
society of the pepaideumenos, the intellectually and culturally educated
man. People who will be discussed include the philosopher and biographer
Plutarch; Dio of Prusa, orator and local politician; Arrian of
Nicomedia, chronicler of the philosophical discussions of Epictetus,
historiographer of Alexander the Great, and high-ranking member of the
imperial aristocracy; the sophist and physiognomist Polemo of Laodicea;
Herodes Atticus, latter-day Croesus, large-scale benefactor, Greek
sophist and Roman consul; the oneirocritic Artemidorus of Daldis;
Pausanias the Periegete; Aelius Aristides, orator and mystic; the
satyrical genius Lucian; Galen, theorist and practitioner of medicine;
and Philostratus, sophist and author of a multifaceted oeuvre.
Teaching MethodsSeminar, 4 hours a week
Method of AssessmentWeekly assignments, viva voce. Students in the Research Master Classics
and Ancient Civilizations will be asked to shoulder more demanding
Entry RequirementsGreek texts will be read in translation, so to take this course you
don't need to know ancient Greek.
LiteratureTo be announced
Target AudienceStudents MA and RMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations and MA History
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. J.J. Flinterman|
|Examiner||dr. J.J. Flinterman|
dr. J.J. Flinterman
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