Online Program

Register to audit the conference online at this link (fees apply, waivers available)

Sixth Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece

with special emphasis on ἀρετή


The in-person program for July 25-28 appears here

Speakers are allotted 20 minutes to present, brief discussion to follow

Links to Zoom Sessions will be sent to all Registered Participants

Monday, June 14, 16.30-18.30: First Online Session (Afternoon)


Heather L. Reid, Morningside College & Fonte Aretusa

Susi Kimbell, Exedra Mediterranean Center

Opening Keynote

Christopher Moore, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Debates about the Virtue sōphrosunē in the Fifth Century


William Wians, Merrimack College and Boston College, USA

The Virtue of a Fallibilist: Aretê, Sophiê, and the Limits of Knowledge in Xenophanes

Jurgen Gatt, University of Malta

The Ethics of Litigation in Gorgias’ Palamedes

Tuesday, June 15, 9.30-11.00 Second Online Session (Morning)

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, Macquarie University, Australia

Sensing the Heat: Definitions of Virtue in Heraclitus and Pythagoras

Patrick O’Sullivan, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Arete, Sophia and Pindar’s Athletic Ideal


Lee Coulson, University of Sydney, Australia

Άρετή Today: the 21st c. virtue of anodyne amorality

Tuesday, June 15, 16.30-18.30: Third Online Session (Afternoon)

Jacques Bromberg, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Aretē in Greek Tragedy

Lucio Privitello, Stockton University, USA

The W/rest of Virtue


Branislav Kotoc, King’s College London, UK

Courage and Conversation in Plato’s Laches

Mark Ralkowski, George Washington University, USA

Plato and the Navy: Thalassocracy, Aretē, and the Corruption of Desire

Wednesday, June 16, 16.30-18.30: Fourth Online Session (Afternoon)

Lidia Palumbo, University of Napoli & Loredana Cardullo, University of Catania, Italy

Arete and the Doctrine of Virtues in Plato’s Dialogues and the Platonic Tradition

Esther Kariuki, Strathmore University, Kenya

Exploring the nature of virtue and the possibility of transmitting virtue in Plato’s Meno


Guilherme Motta, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil

Tekhne Politke: the art of promoting civic aretai in Plato’s Republic.

Jay Elliot, Bard College, USA

 The Virtues of Cities

Thursday, June 17, 9.30-11.30 Fifth Online Session (Morning)

Wim Nijs, KU Leuven, Belgium

Teaching Epicurean ἀρετή in Western Greece: Philodemus on ὑπερηφανεία and μεγαλοψυχία

Giulia Bonasio, Durham University, UK

Phronêsis in the Eudemian Ethics


Niels Aslak Christensen, University College London, UK

The Kosmos of the Virtues: Megalopsychia in Aristotle’s Ethics

Thursday, June 17, 16.30-18.30: Sixth Online Session (Afternoon)

Paula Gottlieb, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Virtue of Character in Aristotle’s Nicomachean versus Eudemian Ethics

Thomas Schmid, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

Why Crown Magnanimity?


Gary Beck, University of Ottawa, Canada

Morally Virtuous Actions as Energeiai in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Charles R. Duke, Yale Divinity School, USA

What is the Good Life?: Reconciliatory Readings of Books I & X in the Nicomachean Ethics

Friday, June 18, 16.30-18.30: Seventh Online Session (Afternoon)

Allison Murphy, Carleton College, USA

Communal Aretē

 (Fixed) Heidi Northwood, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

The Arete of Artisans & Laborers in Aristotle’s Politics


(payment sent) Michal Bizon, Jagiellonian University, Poland

The Politics of Virtue in Demosthenes and Aristotle

Audrey Anton, Western Kentucky University, USA

Virtuous Knowledge: Aristotle’s Graduated Motivational Internalism

Saturday, June 19, 16.30-18.30: Eighth Online Session (Afternoon)

Carlo delle Donne, La Sapienza-Università di Roma, Italy

Ulysses and the Sirens. On two Stoic symbols of arete and vice

Makoto Sekimura, Hiroshima University, Japan

Notions of Impression and Trace in Plotinus’ Treatise On Virtues


Tim Sorg, Stanford University, USA

Human and Ecological Aretē in Archaic Sicily: Why Syracusans valued Skilled Labor over Land

Aura Piccioni, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt & A.M. Genova, Harvard CHS

Archaeological Aretē and Political Engagement: Excavating Sicily and Magna Graecia in the 19th and 20th century