THE PAIDEIA PROJECT - NFP, Inc.
GOLDEN AGE OF ATHENS

George A. Kourvetaris
109 Andresen Court
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Ph: (815) 758-4088
Fax No: (815) 754-5064
E-mail: ykourvet@niu.edu

1. Objectives of the project
2. Description and Significance of the Project
3. Topics and Themes of the Paideia Video Project
4. Ideas to be explored in the Paideia Project Video Series
5. Institutional and Individual financial support for the production of the Video series

1. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The Paideia Projects: The Golden Age of Pericles is a series of short Videos and/or DVDs on Greek classical topics and themes for educational purposes. These videos/DVDs can be used as a pedagogical device in conjunction with courses in history of social and political thought for students in the social sciences and in the humanities, as well as the general educated public. The objectives of the Paideia Projects (roughly translated as liberal education and learning) can be traced to the contributions of ancient Greeks. The objectives are threefold:

First: To highlight the major contributions of classical Greece (especially Athens in the 4th and 5th Centuries BC) to the western world, known as the Golden Age of Pericles.

Second: To show the diachronic relevance and didactic significance of Greek classical education in the liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century.

Third: To counter-balance the ascendancy of technology and computers at the expense of liberal education, which is the core of a democratic, civil society.

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2. DESCRIPTION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROJECT

In the course of history, a number of civilizations and cultures have risen, flourished, and been forgotten. However, in the case of classical Greek civilization which reached its apex roughly during the 4th and 5th centuries BC and known "Golden Age of Pericles" and the "Birthplace of Democracy," it lives on. Its ideas and values
are found in our politics, government, in arts, and sciences. It gave the western world its basic framework for the development of modern democratic institutions of government and politics. The American founders - Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Quincy, Franklin, Mason, Randolph, and others - had a classical Greek education and were great admirers of the Greek classics. The classics provided the models and the inspiration for the new American nation.


Our students have very little understanding and knowledge of some of the most seminal ideas in social and political thought that have shaped our western institutions. Now, more than any other time in the history of education in the United States and the western world, we need to counter-balance the ascendancy of computer technology and applied oriented education in our institutions of higher learning. Using the available computer software we can produce the major achievements and thus we can enhance ideas of the ancient Greeks on videos, digital CD-ROM, and DVD's as reinforcers of more abstract thinking of social and political thought can enhance the teaching of classics, which have survived over 2,500 years. A series of videos on the Greek classics will have pedagogical significance for our students who otherwise have very little exposure to the great ideas and wisdom of the ancient Greeks.

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3. TOPICS AND THEMES OF THE PAIDEIA VIDEO PROJECT

Video No. One: An introduction to the Paideia Projects

Video No. Two The structure of Athenian Polis and classical democracy

Video No. Three: The Birth of Freedom in Ancient Greece

Video No. Four: Of Women, Marriage, and the Family in Ancient Greece

Video No. Five: Life, Work, and Leisure in Classical Greece

Video No. Six: The Philosophical Thought of Socrates And Plato I

Video No. Seven: The Philosophical Thought of Plato and Aristotle II

Video No. Eight: Theatre, Drama, Poetry, and Music

Video No. Nine: Mythology, Gods, and Heroes

Video No. Ten: Architecture, Sculpture, and Art

Video No. Eleven: Greek Etymology into the English and other Indo-European and Romance Languages

Video No. Twelve: Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Medicine

Video No. Thirteen: Athletics, Games, and Celebrations

Video No. Fourteen: Martial Arts, War, and Conflict

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4. IDEAS TO BE EXPLORED IN THE PAIDEIA PROJECTS VIDEO SERIES

1. The Nature of Democracy and Politics
2. The Notions of Order, Law, and the State
3. The Ideas of Arete (virtue), Excellence, and Character
4. The Notions of Justice, Ethics, Honesty, and Truth
5. The Notions of Pseche (soul), Immortality, and the Divine
6. The Notions of Hybris, Piety, and the Supernatural
7. The Notions of Rationality and the Irrational
8. The Notions of Eudaimonia (happiness) and the Nature of Good
9. The Notions of Freedom, Authority, and Equality
10. The Notions of Eros, Sexuality, and Homosexuality
11. The Notions of Civility, Nobility, and Honor
12. The Ideas of Human Nature and Nurture
13. The Ideas of Symmetry, Moderation, Proportion, and Harmony
14. The Concepts of Anthropos (man and woman) and Koinonia (society, community)
15. The Notions of Pleonexia (greed) and Ploutos (wealth)
16. The Notions of Eunomia (well governed) and Citizenship
17. The Nature of Slavery in Greek Society
18. The position of Women in Athenian Society
19. The Concepts of Private and Public Domains
20. The Notions of War, Peace, and Homonoia (concord)
21. The Notion of the Heroic in Greek Culture
22. The Position of Youth and Paiderasty
23. The Notions of Natural and the Conventional
24. The Concepts of Logos (word, reason) and Physis (nature)
25. The Body Versus the Mind Balance
26. The Natural Versus the Supernatural
27. The Ideas of Physical and Psychological Well Being
28. The Notions of Statesman and Statesmanship
29. The Notions of Beauty, Good, and the Beautiful
30. The Notions of Old Age, Aging, and Death
31. The Notions of Individualism, Synergy, and Cooperation
32. The Notions of Unity versus Diversity
33. The Notions of Work and Leisure
34. The Concept of Filia (friendship)
35. The Nature of Interpersonal, Intergroup, Interstate and International Relations
36. The Notions of Ethnic Identity and Culture
37. The Quality and Way of Life of the Average Athenian
38. Citizens, Metics, and Slaves
39. Types of Work and Occupations
40. Shipping, Commerce, and trade

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5. INSTITUTIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THE VIDEO SERIES

1. Alex G. Spanos Companies, Stockton, CA
2. Chris Tomaras Investments, Chicago, IL
3. Peloponnesian Union of North and South America, Fotis Kokosoulis (former president)
4. P. G. Danos & Associates, Inc. Johnstone Supply, Gurnee, IL
5. Louis Garbis, Integrated Insurance Brokerage, SVCS, Inc., North Aurora, IL
6. G. J. Seavelis Realty, Evergreen Park, IL
7. Vasilis Varlagas, Galaxy Café Inc., Savannah, GA
8. Peter and Pam Souhlas, Parkway Restaurant, Sterling, IL
9. Nicholas G. Kourvetaris, Attorney-At-Law, O'Hagen, Smith & Amundsen, Chicago, IL
10. Sophia Kourvetaris-Kempe, Recruiting Manager, Federal Mogul Corporation, Skokie, IL
11. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
12. The Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
13. The Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
14. Byron Kouris, entrepreneur, Chicago, IL
15. Professor Michael Geokas, (Emeritus Professor of Medicine)
16. Professor Harold Smith (Emeritus), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

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