[SydPhil] Prof Alastair Blanshard - Agora Online Speaker Series, Thursday 7 October, 3.30 to 5pm AEDT

Sally Cole cole at uow.edu.au
Tue Oct 5 14:06:50 AEDT 2021

The School of Liberal Arts, University of Wollongong invites you attend the
Online Agora Speaker Series
Thursday 7 October, 3.30 to 5.00 PM AEDT. Register here<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/axtZC6XQ4LfrLq0zrfpRAuk?domain=uow.au1.qualtrics.com>

Professor Alastair Blanshard (The University of Queensland)

Were the ancient Athenians ever lonely?
The issues around loneliness and social isolation are amongst the most pressing problems facing modern society. In this paper, I ask the question 'Does loneliness have a history? And if so, how might we write it?' In attempting to answer this question, I focus on a curious absence in our record. Namely, the seeming absence of loneliness in our records for Classical Athens. This papers examines why loneliness might be so rare in ancient Athens and what the implications of this might be for modern society.
The paper also considers the implications of the scarcity of 'alone time' in Athens and how this impacts on the nature of society, the representation of intellectual pursuits, and the aesthetics of divine revelation.

All are welcome to participate. Please find below instructions on how to register for anyone interested to attend.

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The School of Liberal Arts
Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia
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