In this course, we will compare the Greek ideas of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and the Greek imagination of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides with the vision and teachings of the Hebrew Bible. What did a hero look like to ancient Greek philosophers and playwrights? What role did the city play in the daily lives and thought of Athenians? How did these two ancient civilizations understand the meaning and idea of sacrifice? Through a careful reading of these great texts, we will consider and contrast each of these themes—hero, city, and altar—in the Greek and Biblical traditions.
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Meet the Instructors
Seminars are taught by Tikvah faculty and experts in the subject matter. Please note that course faculty are subject to change depending on availability.
The Tikvah Fund
Dr. Harry Ballan is Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund and Senior Counsel at a leading international law firm, where he has practiced for approximately 30 years. Harry holds a BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and he clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dr. Ballan has delivered presentations, papers, and classes on subjects in both law and neuroscience, is Chairman of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (co-founded by Oliver Sachs), has been an adjunct professor at numerous universities, and served as Dean of Touro Law Center from 2016 to 2019.
Dr. Ballan can be reached at email@example.com.
Jake Greenspan recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago where he studied Fundamentals and served as a Student Marshal. At Chicago, Jake taught Humanities in South Side schools through the Civic Knowledge Project and pre-college Philosophy through the Collegiate Scholars program. Since September he has held a fellowship to write about the future aims of Liberal Education. At Tikvah this Summer Jake is excited to explore other approaches to education through the Jewish philosophical tradition and devise concrete applications for schools in the US. Next year Jake plans to continue this work abroad as a Fulbright fellow at Athens College in Greece, and afterwards hopes to pursue graduate work in the UK.