Brexit and Democracy

The deadline is approaching. We live under the shadow of a possible no-deal. A chaotic situation persists. The PM’s request to the queen to suspend the parliament for five weeks was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court. If the prorogation had succeeded, it could have risked the reputation for democracy that British citizens are most…

Philosophy course in London

Philosophy Behind the Headlines This course will briefly introduce key ideas from the history of philosophy. We will discuss selected news stories, and consider what philosophical concepts and theories can contribute to our understanding of these stories. Do I need any particular skills or experience? No skills or experience needed This course is suitable for…

Couple in love from classical mythology

As February the 14th, St Valentine’s Day, approaches we would like to show a ‘couple in love’ from classical mythology.   Psyche and Cupid Psyche was a princess who was so beautiful that she almost overshadowed Aphrodite (called by her Latin name, Venus).  Her admirers worshiped  her and made offerings to her instead of Aphrodite,…

Homer’s epic Odyssey

While trees look beautiful with autumnal tint, it is nice to immerse yourself in reading books. How about Homer’s epic Odyssey? Homer The Iliad and the Odyssey, arguably among the world’s greatest epic poems, were composed about the mid-eighth century BC by Homer, but when we look for information about the poet, we only find a…

Harvest season

We are still enjoying summer but the calendar is moving to autumn already! Harvest season is coming soon. What was this celebration like in Greece? Olive harvest At the legendary foundation of Athens, two great gods, Poseidon and Athene, competed for the coveted position of patron of the city. It was decreed that whoever donated…

Music in Ancient Greece

BBC Prom, open-air concerts, various kinds of festivals and shows take place in summer in Britain. Here, we are now in ancient Greece. What kinds of musical instruments did they play, or learn, or enjoy? Cycladic seated harpist It would be impossible to overestimate the importance of music in Greek life from the very earliest…