A goal of this symposium is to provide not only a rich intellectual exchange, but also a rich cultural exchange that showcases the link between Greece and Southern Italy symbolized by the myth of Alpheios and Arethusa—whose spring still flows on the island of Ortigia.
The first day of the conference will include a keynote address, a walking tour of the Ortigia and a welcome dinner nearby the ancient Temple of Athena.
Day two will feature a full schedule of presentations, a catered lunch, and an optional excursion to see a performance of by the National Institute of Ancient Drama, which has been performing for over 100 years, at the ancient Greek theater in Neapolis. Tours of the Paolo Orsi archaeological museum and the Neapolis archaeological park will be offered on the third day, along with another optional theater excursion.
The final evening will begin with a boat tour of Siracusa’s porto grande followed by a banquet directly on the island. After the conference a 3 day Empedocles-themed post-conference tour will be offered.
The conference registration fee of Euro 275 includes admission to all academic sessions, guided tour of Ortigia, welcome dinner, refreshment breaks, three catered lunches, guided visit to the archaeological site and museum, plus the boat trip and final banquet on Sunday. There is a reduced fee of Euro 250 for students, unemployed, or accompanying persons. The optional theater excursions cost euro 65-70 including ticket, tax, and private transportation from Ortigia.
A variety of accommodations from B&B to 5 star hotels is available on the island of Ortigia, you can search directly on Booking.com. The Exedra center is at via Landolina 5 (in Palazzo Francica Nava), just north of Piazza Duomo. Any lodging on the island of Ortigia is within walking distance.