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Learn from the past, develop the Future

A synthesis from the traditional and the radical new

If we want to understand the modern Western world, we need to look back to the Greeks. Consider the way we think about ethics, about the nature of beauty and truth, about our place in the universe, about our mortality. All this we have learned from the ancient Greeks. They molded the basic disciplines and genres in which we still organize thought, from poetry to drama, from medicine to philosophy, from history to ethnography.

Odysseus & Athena Institute focuses on two critical issues at the intersection of Greek philosophy & environment and Greek philosophy & good life.

We promote the concept “Learn from the Past, Develop the Future” through a range of activities, campaigns and workshops. We provide high-quality technical assistance at no cost to schools, municipalities, non governmental organizations via a request form. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We fulfill our concept, by strengthening networks, partnerships and capacity building for greek philosophy transfer, working with national stakeholders to build or enhance endogenous capacities. And actions speak louder than words. That’s why we’ve built a national community of volunteers, advocates, and grassroots activists who show up when and where it counts. Our supporters have the tools and resources to make themselves heard in nearly every district in every municipality across the country.

Our ongoing projects:

History of mankind seen in the regard of the environment

Humanity is by many measures the biggest success story in the animal kingdom. Throughout their evolutionary history, humans have affected the natural environment, sometimes with a promise of sustainable balance, but also in a destructive manner. Humans never existed in isolation from the rest of life, and could not exist alone, because they depend on the complex and intimate associations that make life possible.

A guide to the good life

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” The ancient Greeks have much to teach us about life and how to live it in a conscious, joyous and peaceful way. Below are 10 philosophies from the ancient Greeks that  provides us with the courage and strength to live our best authentic life.


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