Early Greek Democracy from Solon to Aristotle with Bonus Greek Mythology Session
5 sessions, 11.5 hours
Democracy as we know it began to emerge in 6th century BCE Greece and evolved with changes in the culture, economics, and increasing population, among other things. In this course Dr. Karen Gray tells the story of the ups and downs of early Greek democracy and some of the people who dramatically advanced or changed it. In the process she evaluates the ancient Greek understanding of liberty, equality, power, and their democratic ideals. The course will also compare Greek democracy and constitutions with the Magna Carta, a foundation document for our own Constitutional democracy. The course will conclude with a bonus 1.5 hour lecture on Greek mythology. Dr. Gray’s lectures are based on PowerPoint presentations and include a brief break midway and a half hour discussion afterwards.
Instructor: Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. She has had a lifelong fascination with the world’s religions which she approaches with openness and from a scholarly perspective.
ILR887 Early Greek Democracy from Solon to Aristotle with Bonus Greek Mythology Session
5-Digit Number: 17125
Fri, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 3/1 – 4/5
No Class: 3/29
Location: Conference Center/E123
Tuition: $40.00 Fee: $99.00 Total: $139.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only