Friendship in the Ancient World


Course Description

It is perhaps in their conception of friendship that the ancient Greeks and Romans are most easily relatable. At the same time, a modern reader might also feel that there is something formulaic and strangely lacking in the conventions of Greek and Roman friendship. What are the Greek and Roman traditions of friendship? Where did they come from? Whom did they include or exclude? What did it mean for friends to be honest and genuine with each other before any widespread notion of unique individuals? How did friendships knit together the Greek and Roman worlds? How might private friendships have been useful to those who sought power and influence? How could these friendships have become public relations liabilities in times of upheaval? How did friends respond? What influence has ancient friendship had? How universal are the ideas expressed in these texts? And what can we learn from them?


In this course, we will read the major ancient philosophical works dealing with friendship, an excerpt from a collection of anecdotes, and several collections of private letters.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday, September 19th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM 

Discussion Team: Murray Shugar, Germain Derome and Esther Spector

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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