History of Ancient and Byzantine Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΙστορία της Αρχαίας και Βυζαντινής Φιλοσοφίας / History of Ancient and Byzantine Philosophy
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKonstantinos Bozinis
Course ID600018247

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Koinōnikīs THeologías kai CΗristianikoý Politismoý (2023 kai exīs)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory CourseWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
After the end of the courses the students will have attained the capacity: - to describe the successive stages of development of philosophy, from the 6th c. BC till the late Byzantine period, and their main characteristics - to compare Early Christianity with the philosophical currents of the Graeco-Roman world, by pointing out the similarities and differences between them - to analyse the ontological, cosmological, anthropological and ethical problems that lie diachronically at the heart of philosophy,all over the development of human civilization
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1) Inroduction to Philosophy 2) The "School of Miletos" (Thales, Anaximandrus, Anaximenes) 3) Pythagoras and the Pythagorians 4) Heraclitus and Parmenides: the "Being" vs. "Change" 5) The "Polyarchic" Philososophers: Empedocles, Anaxagoras and Democritus 6)Socrates and the Sophistic movement 7)Plato 8)Aristotle 9) The Hellenistic Philosophy (the "Portico", the "Garden" and the Scepticism) 10) Plotinus and Neoplatonism 11) The assimilation of philosophical ideas in the preaching of Apostles and Church Fathers: the origins of Byzantine Philosophy 12) Key-figures and periods of Byzantine philosophy 13) Main features of Byzantine philosophy and its originality
Philosophy, History of, Philosophy, Ancient Greek, Philosophy, Byzantine, Philosophy of the Church Fathers, History of Ideas
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Communication through e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment30
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities20
Student Assessment
Examination (80%). Τhe physical presence of the students in the classroom is taken into account; furthermore, positively measured is their active participation during the lesson(20%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
- Ν. Ματσούκας, Ιστορία της Φιλοσοφίας (Αρχαίας Εληνικής-Βυζαντινής-Δυτικο-ευρωπαϊκής με σύντομη εισαγωγή στη Φιλοσοφία), Θεσσαλονίκη 2002 με πολλαπλές ανατυπώσεις
Additional bibliography for study
- M. Vegetti, Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Φιλοσοφίας, μτφ. από τα ιταλικά Γ.Χ. Δημητρακόπουλος, Αθήνα 2000 - Β.Ν. Τατάκης, Η Βυζαντινή Φιλοσοφία, μτφ. από τα γαλλικά Ε.Κ. Καλπουρτζή—εποπτ. και βιβλ. ενημ. Λ.Γ. Μουτσόπουλος, Αθήνα 1977
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