During term time, Thursdays 2pm-4pm, Staff and Students of the Keeling Centre attend an Ancient Greek Philosophy Reading Group, co-convened with Ancient Philosophy Staff and Students from Kings College London.
A text (an entire dialogue or book of a treatise) is the focus of one or more terms. Participants take it in turns to translate and comment on a set section of the text, with discussion following.
Holders of the Keeling Scholarship are required to attend, and to translate and present once a term. MPhil Stud students can take this course for credit, and are required to submit an essay or commentary on an aspect of the text, in addition to attending and presenting throughout the year.
In the Summer Term, Staff and Students present work in progress, or translate an 'Old Chestnut' - a famous passage of an ancient text - offering new insights into the passage.
The text for the Autumn Term 2019 is Plato's Republic, Book X.
Schedule for Republic X Reading Group
3/10/19: 595a1-597e9 (Mimesis 1: three beds)
10/10/19: 598a1-600e3 (Mimesis 2: from painting to tragedy)
17/10/19: 600e4-603b6 (Mimesis 3: epistemology and psychology)
24/10/19: 603b7-605c4 (Mimesis 4: psychology of tragedy)
31/10/19: 605c5-608b3 (Mimesis 5: the most serious charge)
14/11/19: 608b4-611a9 (Immortality of soul)
21/11/19: 611a10-613e4 (Glaucus, reputation and rewards)
28/11/19: 613e5-616b1 (Er's tale 1: rewards and punishments)
05/12/19: 616b2-619b1 (Er's tale 2: the spindle of necessity)
12/12/19: 619b2-621d3 (Er's tale 3: choosing lives)
Spring 2019: Aristotle, Politics II
Autumn 2018: Plato, Apology
Spring 2018: Plato, Laches
Autumn 2017: Aristotle, Politics 1
2016-17 (All year): Plato, Timaeus
Spring 2016: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book X
Autumn 2015: Aristotle, De Motu Animalium (UCL); Sextus Empiricus (KCL)
Spring 2015: Aristotle, Rhetoric Book II
Autumn 2014: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book VI
Spring 2014: Plato, Sophist
Autumn 2013: Plato, Sophist
Spring 2013: Aristotle, Metaphysics Theta
Autumn 2012: Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyhrronism
Spring 2012: Plato, Gorgias
Autumn 2011: Plato, Gorgias