Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides

Thanasis Gavos   Tuesday, 30 April 2019; 12:30-7:00pm

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


12:30-13:15 Registration

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

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