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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course offers a light-hearted yet academically rigorous approach to Xenophon’s Symposium, written in the late 360s BC, but set in 422 BC.  Major themes of the work – beauty, desire, wisdom, virtue, and laughter – are explored in this Socratic dialogue. During the weekend we will be reading and discussing chapters 1-3, 6-9.   The course will appeal to those with a confident grasp of the fundamentals of Classical Greek, who want to explore the texts in their original language.  Students prepare the Greek text before they come and in each session they take part in reading and translating the text.


Fees and bursaries


Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


Payment is by credit/debit card unless otherwise arranged. You can either pay in full at the time of booking, or pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit; the balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. 


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Course dates

16 Jul 2021 to 18 Jul 2021

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

05 Jul 2021

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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