Postgraduate Conference: The conceptual life of the polis in modern theory and practice

Ancient Ideas in the Modern World: Reinventing the Legacy of Greece Faculty of Classics (room 1.11), University of Cambridge, Friday 8th July 2011

This postgraduate conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for those working on the reception of classical Greek thought, specifically vis-à-vis the conceptual life of the polis in modern theory and practice. Why does Greek political thought continue to fascinate western political theorists from wildly divergent ideological traditions? Why have the ideas behind the Athenian paideia and Spartan agoge had so strong an influence across so many different societies? How significantly have our own perceptions of the ancient world been coloured by the interpretations of 19th century Classicists? Why are classical foundations so important in the work of modern and post-modern writers and thinkers?

All are welcome, but as places are limited, and to help with catering arrangements, we ask that you register in advance by emailing Helen Roche at hber2@cam.ac.uk or Carol Atack at cwa24@cam.ac.uk.

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