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How to console oneself and others: ancient and modern perspectives on managing grief

This lecture considers the ways in which humans across history have been dealing with grief. The universal nature of our response to loss can be studied by looking at methods of consolation. Professor Baltussen uses a comparative angle to show that the approach of this ‘healing arts’ has something to offer the modern age.

Han Baltussen has a PhD in Ancient Philosophy from Utrecht University (the Netherlands). He is the Hughes Professor of Classics at the University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities. He was a resident Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2006) and of the Royal Flemish Academy (2010).

He is the author of several books, including on Theophrastus, second head of the Peripatos (2000), the late antique Platonist and commentator Simplicius (2008), and is co-editor of two volumes on philosophical commentaries (2004). He is also editor of Greek and Roman Consolations. Eight Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife (Nov. 2012), and co-translator of Simplicius, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics 1.5-9 (Sept. 2012). His current work is concerned with Aristotle’s school and forms of censorship in antiquity.

This lecture is in support of the ANU Classics Endowment. The Endowment supports research and education in Classics and Ancient History, including prizes and scholarships at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels.

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Speaker/Host: Professor Han Baltussen, University of Adelaide
Venue: The Hall University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU
Date: Friday, 24 August 2012
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Enquiries: ANU Events on 02 6125 4144

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