The Athenian historian Thucydides (c.460-c.395 BCE) claimed that his account of the Peloponnesian War would be ‘a possession for ever’, valued by posterity more than by his contemporaries. The history of his text's reception since the Renaissance has proved him entirely correct; not only has his work continued to be read, by historians, political thinkers, philosophers, international relations theorists and many others, but Thucydides himself has been seen as ever more prescient and modern. This international and interdisciplinary conference, part of the work of the AHRC-funded research project at Bristol on Thucydides: reception, reinterpretation and influence, will explore the way his work has shaped ideas about how to understand the world, and his continuing role as an authority on history, politics and war.
The public lecture by Professor Hunter Rawlings, A Possession for All Time? Why and how Thucydides still matters can be downloaded as a pdf file here. Professor Rawlings has asked us to stress that this is the lecture as it was delivered, hence the lack of references; we are enormously grateful to him for allowing us to make his lecture available to the public.
Neville Morley has been blogging on the conference, including summaries of all the lectures, at bristolclassics.wordpress.com.
10.00 -10.05 Welcome
10.05-11.00 Keynote Address: Arlene Saxonhouse (Michigan): Deciding to go to war: Thucydides on who’s responsible
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-13.00 Panel 1: Thucydides in Pedagogy and Translation
Jeremy Mynott (Cambridge) : Translating Thucydides
Oliver Schelske (Tübingen): Thucydides as an educational text: Max Weber and Winston Churchill
14.00- 15.45 Panel 2: History and Politics
Claudia Rammelt (Yale): Florentine readings of Thucydides from Bruni to Machiavelli
Ben Earley (Bristol): Between Mably and Thucydides: the decline and fall of Athens and Greece
15.45-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 -17.00 Panel 3: International Relations
Edward Keene (Oxford): Thucydides and the use of history in IR
17.00-18.00 Keynote Address: Clifford Orwin (Toronto) The political role of the human body in Thucydides
9.30-11.15 Panel 4: Thucydides and Democratic Prospects
Gerald Mara (Georgetown): The politics of citizenship in Thucydides
Christine Lee (Bristol): Reading Thucydides: A Text for and Against Democracy
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.15 Panel 5: A Politicised Text?
Gregory Crane (Tufts): Thucydides and Neoconservatism
Liz Sawyer (Oxford): Thucydides in the British Parliament
14.15-16.00 Panel 6: The Contemporaneity of Thucydides
Thom Workman (New Brunswick): Thucydides and the Philosophical Prism of Modernity
Jon Hesk (St Andrews) : Thucydides in the 20th and 21st centuries
16.00-16.15 Coffee Break
16.15-17.00 Closing Discussion
18.00-19.00 Public Lecture: Recital Room, Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, Bristol
Hunter R. Rawlings III (President of the Association of American Universities):
A Possession for All Time? Why and How Thucydides Still Matters