Byzantine Texts on Ancient Greek Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΒυζαντινά κείμενα για την αρχαία φιλοσοφία / Byzantine Texts on Ancient Greek Philosophy
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Zografidis
Course ID600019655

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course presents the reception of Ancient philosophy in general and some of its ideas and motifs by the Byzantine literature, through an anthology of relevant texts. Ancient philosophy was one of the main sources of Byzantine thought, but the latter did not hold a single attitude towards it: depending on the circumstances, it was totally condemnable, very cautious, moderately critical or, more rarely, defensive. During the course we will present and analyze: (a) texts about the relationship between Ancient philosophy and Christianity (Justin, Clement of Alexandria) and the benefit of studying ancient letters and philosophy (Basil of Caesarea, Theodoros Metochites) or about the philosophical irony of Socrates (Metochites), (b) texts that expose and criticize aspects of the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle or Epicurus, ancient Greek views on the creation of the world (Basil of Caesarea) or on the immortality of the soul (Gregory of Nyssa, Aeneas Gazaios), the Platonic theory of Ideas (Michael Psellos, Nickephorus Choumnos) or the Skeptics (Nikolaos Kavasilas), as well as (c) texts that argue for the superiority of Plato or Aristotle (the Late Byzantine controversy between Georgios Gemistos Plethon and Georgios Scholarios or Gennadios II).
Greek Philosophy, Byzantine Philosophy, Reception of Greek Philosophy
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment451.8
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Πλήθων, Για τις αποκλίσεις του Αριστοτέλη από τον Πλάτωνα. Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Άτων, 2020. 2. Hynger, H., Βυζαντινή Λογοτεχνία, τόμος Α΄. Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ, 2012.
Additional bibliography for study
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