The Most Politic Historiographer: Thucydides in Modern Western Culture
Clifton Hill House, Bristol
Thucydides has been, at least since the nineteenth century, one of the most-cited and most influential classical thinkers. His work has inspired not only ancient historians and classicists, but historians of all periods, political theorists, international relations specialists, soldiers and military educators, and novelists, all of whom have found it a source of deep insight into the nature and experience of war and of how one should study this. This is the final research colloquium of the AHRC-funded project on Thucydides: reception, reinterpretation and influence, drawing together different themes in his modern reception with papers from a range of international experts and from members of the project team.
Geoffrey Hawthorn (Cambridge): Who does Thucydides please?
Aleka Lianeri (Thessaloniki): Time and Method: Thucydides’ contemporary history in nineteenth-century Britain
Christian Thauer (FU Berlin /U of Washington): Re-approaching Thucydides? An Intellectual History Perspective
Edith Foster (Ashland University): Narrating Battles: Thucydides and Ernst Jünger
Andreas Stradis (Bristol): Thucydides and Vietnam: A Vehicle for Ethical Professional Military Education
Seth Jaffe (Toronto): Reflections on the Straussian Thucydides
Neville Morley (Bristol): The Idea of Thucydides in Western Culture
Ben Earley (Bristol): The Spirit of Athens: Thucydides as a theorist of maritime empire
Liz Sawyer (Oxford): From contemporary relevance to eternal truth: Thucydides and the Great Books movement from the 1960s to today
Discussants: Christian Wendt (FU Berlin), Emily Greenwood (Yale), Katherine Harloe (Reading)
Attendance is free, but numbers are strictly limited, and places must be reserved in advance: please contact Neville Morley on n.d.g.morley(at)bris.ac.uk by 15th November.