Research Workshop on Thucydides and Political Theory

Thucydides, our Father: A Conversation on the Politics of the History

Washington State Convention Center, Room TBA
Seattle, Sunday 4th September 2011, 10am-2pm, followed by late lunch.

Organizers: Neville Morley and Christine Lee, in association with the AHRC-funded project, Thucydides: reception, reinterpretation and influence (University of Bristol)

Speakers include: Timothy Ruback (Smith College), Thom Workman (New Brunswick) and John Zumbrunnen (UW-Madison)

This workshop will bring together political theorists, political scientists, and scholars of international relations to reflect on the significance of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.  Together, we aim to explore what this text has meant to modern political thinkers, how it has shaped political inquiry, and why we should continue to attend to Thucydides.  The conversation, though open-ended, will consider Thucydides as a founder and father figure as well as the hazards of reading the History.

Further details will be circulated to participants closer to the workshop.

Registration: Interested parties are warmly invited to attend the workshop, which will be followed by a late lunch nearby.  The workshop and meal are free, but as places are limited, please register in advance by contacting Christine Lee (

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the AHRC, and thank the American Political Science Association for arranging a meeting space.


About Abahachi

In my spare time, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol.
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