In-Person Program

Tentative: Updated June 19, 2021

Sixth Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece

with special emphasis on ἀρετή

In-person Program (July 25-28)

Sunday, July 25

10.00 Registration Opens

15.30 Opening Session

Heather L. Reid, Fonte Aretusa

Susi Kimbell, Exedra Mediterranean Center


Rebecca Sinos, Amherst College, USA

Virtue Ascendant

Laura Massetti, Harvard CHS / University of Oxford, UK

A GreatArrangement: On the Etymology of Gk. ἀρετή

17.00 Coffee Break

17.30 Second Afternoon Session

John Serrati, University of Ottawa, Canada

Gender and the Ritual Lament: Women as the Arbiters of Arete and Virtus

Joyce Mullan, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Odysseus and Changing Conceptions of Areté during the Peloponnesian War

18.30 Sessions End

18.45 Walking Tour of Ortigia

20.00 Welcome Dinner

Monday, July 26

10:00 Depart Piazza Archimede for Excursion to Neapolis Archaeological Site

15.30 First Afternoon Session

Gloria Larini, Independent Researcher, Italy

Telemachus and the Paideia of Areté

Hardy Fredericksmeyer, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Penelope’s Apparent Violation of Female Aretē at Odyssey 23.218-24

16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Federico Casella, University of Salerno, Italy

Reshaping the Philosophers’ Excellence: Plato’s ἀρετή between Socrates and the Presocratics

Ryan Brown, Boston College, USA

The Liberation of Virtue in Plato’s Phaedrus

Jonathan Buttaci, The Catholic University of America, USA

“Education is Not Like Sight into Blind Eyes”: Plato on Cultivating Virtue in Rep. 518b-519c

18.30 Sessions End – Reception

Optional Theater Excursion to Euripides’ Bacchae

Tuesday, July 27,

10:00 Depart Piazza Archimedes for Excursion to the Paolo Orsi Museum

15.30 First Afternoon Session

Kostas Kalimtzis, Arcadia University, Greece

Scholê, Aretê  and Paideia: Leisure, Virtue and Education

Aitor Luz Villafranca, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Arete and royal theory in the speeches of Isocrates

16:30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Gianna Stergiou, Ionian University, Greece

The concept of ponos in Pindar

María J. Martín Velasco, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Arete as δύναμις in Pindar’s Epinician

Jonah Radding, Northwestern University, USA

Bacchylides and the ἀρετή of defeat

18.30 Sessions End – Reception

Optional Theater Excursion to Aeschylus: Libation Bearers & Eumenides

Wednesday, July 28

9:30 Coffee and Sicilian Pastries

10:00 Morning Session

Christina Ionescu, The Catholic University of America, USA

True and Popular Virtue in Plato’s Symposium

George Harvey, Indiana University Southeast, USA

Virtue Before Politics in Plato’s Laws

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Second Morning Session

Elena Bartolini, Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca, Italy

Friendship is a kind of virtue: Aristotle on sensing the good together

Giulio Di Basilio, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Aristotle on Natural Virtue and the Utility of Practical Wisdom

Margaret Hampson, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Acquiring ēthikē aretē: a non-rational process?

13.00 Sessions End

15.30 First Afternoon Session

Julius Guthrie, University of Exeter, UK

The Rule of Dionysius the Younger: A Case of Obfuscation in the Sources?

Giuseppe Ficocelli, University of London, UK

Arete and Leadership: Sextus Pompeius and Sicily

16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Andrzej Dudziński, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Competition and Recognition: Diodorus Siculus’ Polemics and Historians’ Vices and Virtues

Claudia Gianturco, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Breaking the Chains of Stoic Ἀρετή: Oenomaus of Gadara Against Deterministic Virtue

Heather Reid, Exedra Mediterranean Center, Italy

Strigils as Symbols of Aretē in Western Greece

18.30 Closing Remarks

19:30 Boat Tour of the Porto Grande and Closing Banquet*

Thursday, July 29 – Saturday, July 31: Post-conference Tour of Greek Sites in Sicily*

Monday, August 2 – Saturday, August 14: Classical Languages Summer School