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TCotA Forum - Prof. Dirk Baltzly & Dr Graeme Miles


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

17 Oct 2014 12:30 pm

End Date

17 Oct 2014 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Narcissus, Phlostratus, Blaise de Vigenere

 Image Credit: Narcissus, Phlostratus, Blaise de Vigenere

Philosophy, Painting and Poetry in Late Antiquity

Dr Graeme Miles is lecturer in Classics, University of Tasmania. His research specialisation includes Greek literature of the Roman Empire. He is also an accomplished poet himself.

Dirk Baltzly is professor in Philosophy, University of Tasmania. He has published 3 volumes on Proclus' Commentary on the Timaeus (Cambridge University Press).

Graeme, Dirk, and an American collaborator, John Finamore are undertaking the first English translation of Proclus' Commentary on the Republic – the only sustained commentary on Plato's dialogue to survive from antiquity.             

In their Arts Forum Graeme will discuss 'Philostratus on learning to look at painting'. Philostratus' (c. 190-230) work the Imagines guides us through a gallery of paintings that might or might not once have existed in Naples. Along the way, we learn what kinds of things an educated person might find significant in painting in this period.

Dirk will present on 'Communicating the Ineffable: Proclus on Homer's inspired poetry'. Proclus' (412-485) Commentary on Plato's Republic attempts to reconcile Socrates' apparent criticisms of Homer with the Neoplatonists' idea that Homer and Plato really teach the same things in different ways. His theory of allegorical interpretation seeks to explain how Homer can communicate truths about divinities that are ultimately beyond language.

William Blake The Spirit of Plato 

 Image Credit: William Blake The Spirit of Plato 

TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts.

Fridays 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Dechaineux Lecture Theatre
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St)
Centre for the Arts
University of Tasmania
Hunter Street Hobart 7000 AUSTRALIA