Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides

Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides
30 April 2019, 12.30pm - 7.00pm
Room 349, Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE), Cardiff University, in collaboration with Ancient History at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany and the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study in London, organises a one-day international workshop on modern receptions of Thucydides, taking a global approach. The workshop brings together scholars from different countries and contexts (Brazil, Germany, Greece, UK, US), who will be sharing their knowledge, experience and perspectives on teaching, researching and performing Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, one of the most influential historical works ever written. The aim is to cross-examine different contexts and appropriations of the text, and explore potentials for an innovative, holistic and experiential understanding of it.

Why does this text matter so much? Why and how does it 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.

Dr Maria Fragoulaki, Cardiff University / ICS, London, Workshop organiser


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)


13:30-15:00 Session 1 (Chair: Neville Morley)

13:30-14:00 Hans Kopp, Ruhr Universität Bochum
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, UK
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
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 Lignadis, 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
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


Valerie James
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