A Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle

A GIGANTIC JIGSAW PUZZLE:
THE EPICUREAN INSCRIPTION OF DIOGENES OF OINOANDA

In Competition

Written and Directed by Nazım Güveloğlu
Documentary / 32 min. / 2012


Synopsis


The Ancient City of Oinoanda, near Fethiye, hosts presumably the largest philosophical inscription of the ancient world. The inscription, 65 to 80 meters long, had been 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.

 

Selected Festivals and Awards

Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey
TRT (Turkish National Television) Documentary Awards, Turkey
Cinarchea International Archaeology Film Festival, Germany
Selection for the Turkish Stand at the 66th Cannes Film Festival

 

Nazım GÜVELOĞLU

Nazim GuvelogluNazım Güveloğlu was born in 1975 in Adana. He received his graduate degrees in the field of political science. He likes filmmaking as life happens to be filmlike.

 



Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Conference Auditorium, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston