In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer

Socrates in love: the woman behind Western philosophy

Lectures & discussions / Research event / 5 Mar 2020

Event information

5 Mar 2020

13.30 - 14.30

BP Lecture Theatre

British Museum, Great Russell Street,

London, WC1B 3DG


  • £5
  • £4 (Members)
  • £4 (Concessions)

All ages

Where did Socrates, the foundational figure of Western philosophy, get the inspiration for his original ideas about truth, love, justice, courage and knowledge? Could they have come from one forgotten woman?

According to new research conducted by Armand D’Angour, Associate Professor in Classics at the University of Oxford, Socrates, as a young man in fifth-century BC Athens, came into contact with a fiercely intelligent woman. Aspasia of Miletus's ideas about love and transcendence inspired him to formulate key aspects of his thought.

In this special lecture, Professor D’Angour shares the findings of his research and its ramifications for the history of philosophy.

Part of Women’s History Month 2020.

Concession price: £4