Monday, July 28, 2008

The Mysteries and Philosophy of Antiquity

International scholars, writers and artists will gather on Samothrace for the seventh in the New York Open Centerʼs series of conferences on the Western Esoteric Tradition. Entitled "The Mysteries and Philosophy of Antiquity," the conference will take place between September 3rd-8th 2008. For a thousand years, the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace was one of the most famous mystery centers of the ancient world, rivaling Delphi in stature and fame. The exploration of the roots of esoteric traditions will include plenary lectures, a variety of workshops and guided tours of sites of interest.

The conference will be followed by three optional journeys. Two will go to Turkey, the first to Istanbul and the second to Ephesus, Miletus and the Anatolian Coast. The other journey will visit Mystery Centers of Mainland Greece.

Featured lectures include:
  • Christopher Bamford: "The Samothracian Mysteries"
  • Scott Olsen: "Plato, the Mysteries, and the Golden Section"
  • Leonard George: "A Gift of Vision: Iamblichus and the Sanctification of the Senses"
  • Stanley Sfekas, Ph.D.: "Aristotle's Concept of God"

For information about all the lectures and registration visit

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