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Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides

Calendar Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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Head of Thucydides statue with scenery behind

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.

Room 349
Institute of Classical Studies
Third Floor, Senate House
Malet Street

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