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Why do we know Plato: Byzantium and the Classics

Dimitris Tsougarakis (Ionian University, Corfu; Onassis Foundation)

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 3:30pm
216 Denny Hall

Dmitris Tsougarakis, Professor of Byzantine History and former Rector of the Ionian University, will be visiting the University of Washington from October 7-12, 2012  through the University Seminars Program sponsored by the Onassis Foundation (USA). His visit is hosted by the Department of History and the UW Hellenic Studies Program.  This lecture, part of a series of talks and events featuring Professor Tsougarakis (please click here for a full list of his lectures), is co-sponsored by the Department of Classics.

Description of this talk:

Byzantium is rightly credited with preserving the vast majority of the classical texts known to us. This lecture explores the survival and transmission of ancient Greek writing through the Byzantine educational system, the study of classical authors, the editions and commentaries of texts, and the ensuing emergence of philology as a discipline. Special attention is given to the role of Byzantine clergymen in the adoption of the classical curriculum for the education of Christian youths.

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