An international workshop on Thucydides’ modern reception, organised by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion of Cardiff University, Ancient History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, and the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, London, with the support of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (SPHS) and the Classical Association, UK.
Why and how does Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War continue to invite dialogues between past, present and future? How do different societies, educational systems, groups and individuals respond to it and receive its historical lessons? Does Thucydides owe its lasting value and relevance to its ability to resonate with global and local crises? ‘Thucydides Trap’, a term coined recently to describe the inevitability (the ‘deadly trap’) of war when power dynamics between major international players shift, is a case in point. At local level, the unprecedented interest in theatrical productions of Thucydides in Greece from 2010 onwards (the ‘Greece of the Crisis’) will receive special attention, as an artistic and intellectual response to social crisis.
Attendance is free and all are welcome.
Please book: https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19267
13:15-13:30 Welcome (Greg Woolf, Institute of Classical Studies, SAS, University of London). Introduction (Maria Fragoulaki, Cardiff University/ICS, London)
13:30-15:00 Session 1 (Chair: Neville Morley)
13:30-14:00 Hans Kopp, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany: Thucydides’ ideal reader? Hartvig Frisch, the classics, and international politics in the 1930s and 1940s
14:00-14:30 Liz Sawyer, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University: American politics, international relations and military education since 1945
14:30-15:00 Sandra Rodrigues da Rocha, University of Brasília, Brazil: Oral features of Thucydides: Thinking reception through translations
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:30 Session 2 (Chair: Maria Fragoulaki)
15:30-16:00 Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith, King’s College London: The Politician and the Historian: Venizelos and Thucydides
16:00-16:30 Christian Wendt, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany: Thucydides Trapped, or: The Importance of Being Labelled
16:30-17:00 Neville Morley, University of Exeter: The Melian Dilemma: Power, Rhetoric and Negotiation
17:00-17:30 John Lignades, Hellenic Education and Research Center, Greece: κτῆμα ἐς αἰεὶ and ἀγώνισμα ἐς τὸ παραχρῆμα ἀκούειν: Thucydides on stage. Introduction by Paul Cartledge
17:30-18:00 Coffee break
18:00-19:00 Round Table
GResponses: Peter Meineck (New York University, USA); Sara Monoson (Northwestern University, Evanston IL and ICS, London), Daniel Tompkins (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)
Chairing and concluding remarks: Christian Wendt
For any questions, please contact: Maria Fragoulaki ([email protected])
Institute of Classical Studies, Room 349, Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU