URANIA

Urania inspired travel programmes

Urania, Muse of Astronomy, or the Celestial one. Her name derives from her great-grandfather, Uranus, partner of earth, or Gaia, giving birth to the Titans, Cyclopes and Hekatoncheres, the hundred-handers.

  • Philosophy and Science

    For the thinkers…

Socrates and the Academy

The figure of Socrates has become a household name thanks to his pupil, Plato, who made him the main character for most of his philosophical dialogues. Plato went on to become one of human history’s greatest figures and left behind not only his writings, but his school, known as the Academy, from where the English world originates. Explore this fascinating figure based in Athens, where the Academy was established.

Aristotle and the Lyceum

Aristotle remains one of the most important figures for the development of human thought. His writings encompass the subjects of Ethics, Biology, Physics, Politics, and much more. A student of Plato at the Academy, after a period in which he had to leave Athens for political reasons, he returned to establish his own school in Athens, known as the Lyceum. The programme will explore Aristotle’s Athens and Greece, both of which became much different than when Socrates and Plato lived. He also contributed to rise of Macedon, as he was the personal tutor of Alexander the Great. Aristotle plays a great part in shaping the new order of Greece, shifting to a monarchy centred in the north of Greece, in the region of Macedonia. This also happens to be Aristotle’s native land as well. The era commencing comes to be known as the Hellenistic Age, creating one of the largest empires known to mankind.

Ethics – Ancient through modern times

The study of Ethics has its roots going back to the Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle. Hellenistic and Roman philosophers such as Epicurus, Cicero and Seneca continued this tradition into the Middle Ages, during which the discipline becomes overshadowed by the rise of world religions such Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This intellectually stimulated programme provides a historical, cultural and geographical context to the theories. This can lead you to Athens and Rome as well as the great intellectual centres of Europe, including London, Paris and Berlin.

Political Philosophy

These current times are synonymous with political unrest, turmoil and misunderstanding. Let Urania bring you back to the roots of the great political philosophies of our times, including Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism and how they emerged from our classical heritage. Ancient Greek Philosophers and Historians explored the differences between the different ideologies of the time to inform the citizen to make informed decisions. This programme can be based in Athens, Rome London, Paris or Berlin, depending on your interests. Get in touch with us now to discuss the possibilities!

Ancient Medicine

The origins of ancient medicine go back to Aristotle, whose father was a court physician to the king of Macedonia. His writings went on to influence physicians as late as Harvey in the eighteenth century. The story continues with great figures of Hippocrates of Kos and Galen of Pergamum, both living in what is now Turkey during the Hellenistic age. The history of medicine is tied to the intellectual and cultural movements of the times. This could be a fascinating area of exploration for anyone with a curious mind, based in Athens, Rome or London.

Greek and Roman Law

Law, within a democratic context, and rhetoric, the art of persuasion and eloquence, were cornerstone of Greco-Roman civilisation. These traditions were passed on to modern democracies and republics and remain revered amongst most celebrated institutions of modern civilisation. Design your own programme based on your interests, based in either or both Athens or Rome, following the footsteps of the greatest figures of the legal and oratorical tradition, Demosthenes and Cicero.

Government

The focus of this programme, inspired by Urania, is less philosophical and more political. Explore the foundations of all modern governing formats, including monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny, the republic and federalism, and finally socialism. Better understanding the origins and foundations of these forms of government will allow you to better appreciate and understand our modern governments. This programme is not for everyone, but for the civic-minded person, thinking of getting involved or already involved in any form of government, Urania can inspire you to excel!

Mathematics and Physics- Ancient to Modern times

The classical world prospered due to its celebration of knowledge and understanding of the natural world, founded upon the principles of mathematics and physics. Figures in this movement include Pythagoras, Archimedes and Euclid, who lived in the Hellenistic Age, a legacy of Alexander the Great. They benefited from the proliferation of knowledge centred at centres of research and learning, such as the libraries of Alexandra and Pergamum. The tradition continued with the expansion of Greco-Roman civilisation during the period of the Roman Empire. This led to the birth of modern universities in the Middle Ages at places like Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Bologna and Naples. Mathematicians and Physicists of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, such as Galileo , Descartes and Newton, benefited from this long, rich tradition.