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The Ancient City of Oinoanda, close to Fethiye, Turkey, hosts presumably the largest philosophical inscription of the ancient world. The inscription, 65 to 80 meters long, was constructed by Diogenes of Oinoanda so as to convey Epicurean philosophy to the next generations and city’s visitors. The film focuses on the efforts to pursue this aim of Diogenes. Epicurean approaches to concepts such as pleasure, happiness, friendship, dreams, and gods are discussed around the peculiarities of research history. As senior researcher Martin Ferguson Smith puts it, the content of the inscription applies surprisingly well to the problems of contemporary society.

Screening time: Saturday, May 6, 1:53 pm, The Shedd Recital Hall

 

Length: 33 min.

Country: Turkey

Language: Turkish with English subtitles

Director: Nazim Guveloglu

Producer: The Middle East Technical University

Producer Web site: http://www.kameraarkasi.org/yonetmenler/nazimguveloglu.html

Distributor: Nazim Guveloglu

Distributor Web site: http://www.kameraarkasi.org/yonetmenler/nazimguveloglu.html

Awards/Selections:

Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, 2013

Turkish National Television Documentary Awards, 2013

Cinarchea: International Archaeology Film and Art Festival, Brandenburg, Germany, 2013

Cannes Film Festival, France, 2013