Politics and Philosophy in Antiquity: Greece, Christianity, Rome

Course Information
TitleΠολιτική φιλοσοφία στην αρχαιότητα: Ελλάδα, Χριστιανισμός, Ρώμη / Politics and Philosophy in Antiquity: Greece, Christianity, Rome
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Bozinis
Course ID600018265

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
No prequisites
Learning Outcomes
The acqauintance and familiarization of the students with the political thought of Graeco-Roman world and the Early Church. Upon the succesful completion of the course the students will have: - attained a deeper knowledge of the political ideas in antiquity and their originality - become conscious of the great interest Christianity has in the earthly life - the competence to approach in a more critical way the political affairs of nowdays thanks to their classical paideia
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
(1) Divine Justice in the Homerean and Hesiodean Epos (2) Political ideas in the Lyric poetry and the Presocratic philosophy (Tyrtaios, Theognis, Solon,Anaximandrus, Heraclitus, PPythagoras, Parmenides) (3)The new liberty: the awekening of the democratic feelings after the Graeco-Persian wars (4) "Physis" and "Nomos": the revolutianary teaching of the Sophists concerning social life and Socrates (5) The political dialogues of Plato I: "Gorgias" and "Republic" (6) The political dialogues of Plato II: "Politicos" and "Laws" (7) The "Politics" and "Ethica Nicomachea" of Aristotle (8) Hellenistic Monarchic Theory (9)The greek political thought in Rome (Polyvius, Panaitius,Posidonius, Carneades, Marcus Tullius Cicero) (10) The "Theocracy" of the Jews (11) Religion and Politics in the New Testament: Christianity between "Romans" 13 and "revelation" 13 (12)Rich and poor: the elimination of social discriminations in the Ancient Church (13)Civil love: the shapening of an original Christian political theory by John Chrysostom and the Cappadocians
Political Philosophy-Antiquity, Ancient Democracy, Roman Empire, Christianity-Political Thought, Church-State Relationship
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
  • Photocopies of ancient Greek texts
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Communication through e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.6
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities150.6
Exchange of Opinions110.4
Student Assessment
Oral examination at the end of the semester (50%), while taking into consideration the active participation of the student in class and the undertaking of work, which they present before the professor and their fellow students (50%). Students who cannot attend the course ought to make arrangements with the professor concerning the manner of their examination
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. T.A. Sinclair, Ιστορία της Ελληνικής Πολιτικής Σκέψεως, μτφ. από τα αγγλικά και πρόλ. Γ.Κ. Βλάχος, Αθήνα 1969 2. Κ.Α. Μποζίνης, Πολιτική Αγάπη (Νέα ερμηνευτική προσέγγιση στον ιερό Χρυσόστομο), Θεσσαλονίκη 2019
Additional bibliography for study
1. G. Glotz,Η Ελληνική "Πόλις", μτφ. από τα γαλλικά Α. Σακελλαρίου, Αθήνα 1978 2. J. de Romilly, H Αρχαία Ελλάδα σε Αναζήτηση Ελευθερίας, μτφ. από τα γαλλικά Κ. Μηλιαρέση, Αθήνα 1992 3. Κ.Α. Μποζίνης, Ο Ιωάννης ο Χρυσόστομος για το Imperium Romanum (Μελέτη πάνω στην πολιτική σκέψη της Αρχαίας Εκκλησίας), Αθήνα 2003
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