In-Person Program

Updated July 16, 2021

Sixth Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece

with special emphasis on ἀρετή

In-person Program (July 25-28)

Live presentations will be streamed online; speakers marked with an asterisk* are presenting online

Register for online access here (fees apply, waivers available)

Sunday, July 25

14.00 Registration Opens, Refreshments Available

15.30 Opening Session

Heather L. Reid, Fonte Aretusa &Susi Kimbell, Exedra Mediterranean Center

Welcome

Rebecca Sinos, Amherst College, USA

Virtue Ascendant

16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: Heather L. Reid, Exedra Mediterranean Center, Italy

Laura Massetti, Harvard CHS / University of Oxford, UK

A Great Arrangement: On the Etymology of Gk. ἀρετή

Joyce Mullan, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Odysseus and Changing Conceptions of Areté during the Peloponnesian War

18.00 Sessions End

18.15 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 (online)

*Gloria Larini, Independent Researcher, Italy

Telemachus and the Paideia of Areté

*George Harvey, Indiana University Southeast, USA

Virtue Before Politics in Plato’s Laws

16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: Rebecca Sinos, Amherst College, USA

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

19.30 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 (online)

*Aitor Luz Villafranca, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Arete and royal theory in the speeches of Isocrates

*Jonah Radding, Northwestern University, USA

Bacchylides and the ἀρετή of defeat

16:30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: Ryan Brown, Boston College, USA

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

Heather Reid, Exedra Mediterranean Center, Italy

Strigils as Symbols of Aretē in Western Greece

18.30 Sessions End – Reception

19.30 Optional Theater Excursion to Aeschylus: Libation Bearers & Eumenides

Wednesday, July 28

11:00 Morning Session (online)

*Julius Guthrie, University of Exeter, UK

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

*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?

12.30 Sessions End

15.30 First Afternoon Session (online)

*John Serrati, University of Ottawa, Canada

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

*Giuseppe Ficocelli, University of London, UK

Arete and Leadership: Sextus Pompeius and Sicily

16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 Second Afternoon Session

Chair: Joyce Mullan, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

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

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

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

18.30 Closing Remarks

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