Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network Holds Workshop at Reading

The Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network held an international research workshop at the University of Reading, 2-3 December 2011.

The Network is open to anyone whose research includes the many ways in which the political thought of ancient Greece has been represented, deployed, challenged or creatively transformed in subsequent cultures.  For this workshop, generously funded by the British Academy, the rubric was to investigate lesser-known such transformations.  Accordingly we investigated such diverse objects as Lutheran pacifists, German film-makers, democratic or anti-democratic theorists of various periods, and the military career of Socrates.  Each panel generated substantial discussion and we were thus very grateful to the Departments of Classics, Politics and History, who provided frequent tea-breaks.

The workshop concluded with plans to meet again in Bristol next year, and to undertake a special issue of the Classical Receptions Journal.  The Network would like to thank all the speakers, delegates, funding bodies, and office staff involved.

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