American Philosophy Students Travel to Greece to Partake of Ancient Wisdom

Students at the entrance of the first Olympic stadium in the world, in Olympia, the Peloponnese, Greece. Credit: Keene State College

A group of students from Keene State College of New Hampshire in the United States, who are studying in the Honors Global Engagement course ”Ancient Philosophy and the Modern World” visited Greece recently.

They wanted to see the ancient landscape which served as the backdrop of the Ancient Greek philosophers and get hands-on experience with the ancient philosophy they are studying in depth.

During their trip, the students used the principles of ancient Greek philosophy to find ways of interpreting contemporary social, political and ethical issues.

The small New England college organized a series of trips for two weeks which included Athens, with a visit to the Acropolis and the Olympic stadium, as well as Delphi, Olympia and other major Ancient Greek sites.

The students were amazed by the fact that they were seeing the cities, the ruins, and the very buildings in which ancient philosophers were actually living while their ideas were spreading to the world, thousands of years ago.

”Seeing ruins from an ancient Greek city was breathtaking. The Acropolis was absolutely beautiful and it has sparked an interest in traveling I didn’t know I had!” one of the participants said.

Being in the physical presence of places where ancient figures including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and others lived, is a unique experience, especially to people with a deep knowledge of ancient Greek philosophy, which set the foundation of contemporary Western thought.