Philosophy Festival in Magna Graecia, journey in the Med

From Matera to Siracusa, 500 students debate philosophy

08 October, 14:39

    (ANSAmed) NAPLES, OCTOBER 8 - Five-hundred students from all of Italy will travel to Basilicata, then Velia and Siracusa retracing the footsteps of Pythagoreans.

    It's the"Festival of Philosophy of Magna Graecia", the only one in Italy intended for teen-agers, running for the second consecutive year and touching the Basilicata municipalities of Matera, Aliano and Sant'Arcangelo from October 13 to October 16.

    The title chosen this year is "ONE". Matera, the next European capital of culture, will be the first stop of a tour that will take approximately 2,000 students in ancient Mediterranean towns, after Matera, from October 28 to October 31 in the Velia excavations, in the province of Salerno. The journey will end in 2016 after stops on the island of Ortigia, Siracusa, Noto, Catania and the Etna archaeological park.

    The theme of the four days in Basilicata is "ONE" "which brings memory back to the Pythagoreans and therefore to the presence of Phytagora, Hippasus of Metaponto - said Giuseppina Russo, president of the association "Festival of Philosophy in Magna Graecia" - to share the spirit of the places in which one of the Pythagoric schools was born".

    "ONE - added Russo - as the principle uniting everything, the arché elaborated by Pythagora which he called ONE getting close to the concept of numeracy.

    The initiative is an occasion to revive philosophy in the ancient land of Magna Graecia, starting from the archaeological area of Elea-Velia, a symbolic place for western philosophic thought".

    The festival became a journey in 2012 and it retraces the travels of the Greeks upon their arrival on Italian shores and in the rest of Europe to celebrate the cultural calling of Magna Graecia.

    In Italy, it is also the only Philosophy Festival dedicated to teen-agers, an occasion for in-depth analysis with a particular cultural connotation: the popularization of philosophy, in experiential form, among high school students.

    More than twelve thousand students have participated to the initiative since 2008.

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