A new project in the heart of Athens

Philosophy as a Way of Life

Plato’s Academy Centre

Directors

Donald Robertson

Donald Robertson FRSPH is a writer, trainer, and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist based in Toronto and Athens, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is the author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, a bestselling book that crosses genres, combining history, philosophy, and modern psychology for self-help. Donald is one of the founding members of a British non-profit organization called Modern Stoicism Ltd., which promotes Greek Stoic philosophy and aims to make it accessible and relevant to the general public. He brings experience in this area and existing contacts. In 2019 he was the lead organizer of the Stoicon Modern Stoicism conference at Cotsen Hall, which brought over 300 attendees from overseas, mainly US and Britain, to Athens. (LinkedIn)

Dr. James O’Neill

Dr. James O’Neill FRICS is a development professional based in the UK. An expert in sustainable development, environmental impact assessment and stakeholder communication, he practices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has broad experience in matters material to development projects. A Chartered Surveyor, he has been elected as both a Fellow and an Eminent Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an institution globally recognized for expertise in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. (LinkedIn)

Partners

The Aurelius Foundation

A charitable foundation, which promotes Greek Stoic philosophy, with a focus on youth work and character development. The Foundation is an official backer of the proposal, and has provided seed funding for project initiation. In addition, the Foundation has committed to hosting a number of online and physical events at the Centre.

Board of Advisors

Prof. Christopher Gill​

Chris is emeritus professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. He’s the founder of the Modern Stoicism organization, a multidisciplinary team of academics and philosophers who promote discussion of ancient Greek Stoic philosophy to the general public. His specialist area is ancient philosophy, especially psychology and ethics. He is the author of several academic texts on Greek philosophy, including Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue, The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought, Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius: Meditations Books 1-6. He has also acted as editor for the journal Plato, and co-editor for Phronesis.

Prof. Katerina Ierodiakonou

Katerina is professor in Ancient Philosophy at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Associate Professor in An(ient Philosophy at the University of Geneva.  She is the editor of several academic publications, including Dialectic after Plato and Aristotle.  She is specialist in Ancient and Byzantine Philosophy, and the History of Logic and Epistemology.

Dr. John Sellars

John is a Reader in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He was previously a Research Fellow at King’s College London, where he worked on the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project (with which he remains involved, as Associate Editor) and, before that, a Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He is an expert on Stoicism and ancient philosophy as a way of life, and the author of several books on Greek philosophy including The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of PhilosophyStoicismThe Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition,, Hellenistic PhilosophyLessons in Stoicism, and The Fourfold Remedy: Epicurus and the Art of Happiness.

Justin Stead

Justin is the Founder of the Aurelius Foundation, a community interest company. His work with the Foundation is dedicated to helping and inspiring young people by using principles derived from classical Greek philosophy and Stoicism. Justin is an experienced international CEO/business leader and private investor across multiple brands and interests globally. He is based out of London.

Pantelis Panos

Pantelis is the General Manager at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Since 1999, he has overseen projects such as the renovation and expansion of the Gennadius Library, the construction of the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, and a new storeroom for Ancient Corinth Excavations. Prior to his work at the ASCSA, Panos held the titles of General Manager for Mercedes-Benz Eurocopter helicopters and Planning-Cost Control Engineer for Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Ltd.

Robin Waterfield

Robin is a British writer, translator, and classical scholar, who now lives in Greece and has Greek citizenship.  He writes on ancient Greek history and philosophy, and has translated works by Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Plutarch, Herodotus, Polybius, Demosthenes, Diodorus of Sicily, and others. His original books include Athens: A History, From Ancient Ideal To Modern City; Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths; Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire; and Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece.  

David Fideler

David is a classical scholar, author, and the editor of several important publications on ancient Greek history and philosophy, including The Pythagorean Sourcebook and the journal Alexandria. David is an expert on the history of Plato’s Academy and the author of the report Platonic Academies: The Educational Centers of Athens, Alexandria, and Renaissance Florence —Their History and Contribution to the Philosophy of Education.

Platos Academy. 2021.

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