What we're about

In order to prepare ourselves and the next generation for a rapidly changing world we need to be more grounded than ever in the timeless values and principles that have provided a stable point of reference in the past.
Many of the problems we are facing today will not be solved by more technology or money. Although technology helps us to connect and to overcome boundaries of space, we still face the same challenges as ever: to break down boundaries among the people we live and work with, to build trust, to create a shared vision and to use the technology and the freedom we have wisely. Most solutions to our current challenges will require a change in our behaviour, which can only be sustainable if brought about by an inner change. How can we bring about this inner change? If everything we do is informed by a certain way of thinking, we need to examine the way we think in order to change the way we act. As Einstein said: “The world we have created is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Philosophy has for thousands of years been a valid path to explore our thinking, to search for the underlying principles of life, to put them into practice and to develop our inner potential. Philosophy as a way of life is not only an intellectual enterprise but an education for the head, the heart and the hands. New Acropolis is an educational charity working in the fields of philosophy, culture and volunteering. Its aim is to revive the practical and timeless aspect of philosophy as a means of individual and collective renewal and transformation. It offers a wide-ranging programme of studies in the tradition of the classical schools of philosophy of East and West.


Upcoming events (1)

Online 2-part seminar: Ancient Egypt - History, Rediscovery, Religion, Mysteries

**This 2-part seminar will take place online on consecutive Sundays 6 and 13 of February. Tickets for the full seminar are priced £60 (£40 concs). To attend either part 1 or part 2 individually, tickets are priced at £35 (£25). Advance purchase tickets for this online event are essential**

Available here via eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2-part-seminar-ancient-egypt-history-rediscovery-religion-sacred-tickets-230932253587

Ancient Egypt: History, Rediscovery, Religion, Sacred Geography
Part 1: Sunday February 6:[masked] (London GMT)

1) Ancient Egypt: a brief history from Menes until Cleopatra
The history of dynastic Egypt goes back in time 5,000-6,000 years. One of its surprising features is that, from the very beginnings until its end, a continuous system of ideas and symbols prevails. A proof of this are the symbols to be found on the Tablet of Narmer-Menes, which we will explore together during this talk.

2) The rediscovery of Ancient Egypt: from Napoleon until the tomb of Tutankhamun
Modern Egyptology begins in an astonishing way, with Napoleon´s military expedition to Egypt, aimed at cutting off Great Britain’s access to its Indian colony. What remains a mystery is why Napoleon decided to be accompanied by over 160 scholars, among them Denon.
In modern times, the rediscovery of Tutankhamun´s tomb by Howard Carter a century ago, in 1922, represented the birth of scientific Egyptology, as Carter meticulously documented every step of the removal of the more than 5,000 artifacts of the treasure.

Ancient Egypt: History, Rediscovery, Religion, Sacred Geography
Part 2: Sunday February 13:[masked] (London GMT)

3) The Gods and the Mysteries
Egyptian religion is both simple and complex, multifaceted and simple at its heart. One of its astounding features is the continuity of core ideas such as the confrontation between order symbolised by the Goddess Maat, and discord represented by the God Seth, the murderer of Osiris. Of note is the role played by the Goddess of many faces and names, who ties together that which has been divided and broken, through her magic. Her name in later times was Isis.

4) Sacred time and sacred space: Egyptian Astrology and the Sacred Geography of the Land
Egypt itself is Osiris and symbolically, the parts of his dismembered body are buried in sacred places and cities, extending from the far South (Aswan) to the marshes in the northern Nile delta. Also, it is not only geography that reflects the core ideal of binding together the many into One, but also the Calendar. The Egyptian solar calendar introduces a celestial element which is less known in Western Astrology, namely Sirius, while the moon, with its waxing and waning, is closely related to Osiris himself (in the temple of Denderah) and to the God of Wisdom,Thoth.

Dr. Harry Costin has a PhD in Strategy from Boston University and a Master’s in Education from Harvard. He is a passionate lover of ancient Egyptian culture and has given numerous talks and seminars on the topic. He has visited Egypt several times since his first trip in 1992, and has begun organising trips himself since 2020.

Past events (51)

Photos (31)