Thucydides The Athenian

CYA International Conference June 26 - 29, 2018
Daphne & George Hatsopoulos Hall (CYA / DIKEMES), Athens

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Thucydides the Athenian

This conference seeks to put Thucydides back into his native city, exploring the man within his political and social circles, and delving deeper into the realities of Periclean policy and ideology. An international group of scholars will address these questions through analyses of Pericles’ allies and enemies, and Thucydides’ staging of these characters in his narrative as they experience the post-Periclean legacy. Additionally, they will investigate the Periclean building program, and present new ways of using the evidence from the recently discovered cup inscribed by Pericles and members of his milieu.


Organizing Committee

Nanno Marinatos, Professor and Head, Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago
Alexis Phylactopoulos, President, College Year in Athens
Robert Pitt, Classics professor, College Year in Athens
Theoni Scourta, Vice President for Academic Affairs, College Year in Athens


Day One Tuesday 26th June

19:30 Evening lecture
Thanos Veremis (University of Athens): "Eleftherios Venizelos and Thucydides"


followed by open reception

Day Two Wednesday 27th June

16:00 - 16:30 Alexis Phylactopoulos and Nanno Marinatos: Opening Remarks

Session I. From the Periclean Age to Sicily: Historical and Biographical Perspectives
Chair: Matthew Dickie (Univesity of Edinburgh)

16:30 Angelos P. Matthaiou (Greek Epigraphical Society): "Pericles: The Fifth-century Direct and Indirect Epigraphical Evidence and its Relationship to Thucydides"

17:00 Sebastian Anderson (ASCSA): "Athens in a Cup: The Individual, Party and the Periclean City"

17:30 Break

18:00 Lisa Kallet (University of Oxford): "Pericles: A Dangerous Democratic Tyrant?"

18:30 Tasos Tanoulas
(CYA): "New Evidence about Building on the Acropolis in the Light of Thucydides' Histories "


followed by an open reception and dinner for the speakers

Day Three Thursday 28th June 

11:00 Angelos P. Matthaiou: Tour of the Epigraphic Museum, including a viewing of the new Pericles cup (booking required)

Session II. Post-Periclean Age: Pylos, Amphipolis, and Sicily

15:00 Anastasios G. Nikolaidis
(University of Crete): “Revisiting the Pylos Episode and its Aftermath: Observations on Thucydides’ Attitude toward Nikias, Kleon and Alkibiades.”

15:30 Nanno Marinatos (University of Illinois at Chicago): "Thucydides' Apology about Amphipolis"

16:00 Dimitris J. Kyrtatas (University of Thessaly): "The Eclipse of the Moon in Sicily"

16:30 Break

Session III. Literary Metaphors and Ideas
Chair: Olga Pelagia
(University of Athens)

17:00 Robert Pitt (CYA): "Staging the Sicilian Expedition: Protagonists and Silent Actors"

17:30 Ben Earley (Freie Universität Berlin): "Thucydides on Movement and Change in Athenian Politics: The Example of the Sicilian Expedition"

18:00 Thomas Scanlon (UC Riverside): "Thucydides' Body Language"

18:30 Break

19:00 Tim Rood (University of Oxford): "Thucydides, Periclean Athens, and Homeric Scholarship"

19:30 Michael Konaris (University of Thessaly): "Thucydides and the Causes of the Peleponnesian War in 19th-century Historiography: The Case of Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos versus George Grote and Ernst Curtius"

20:00 General discussion


Dinner for the speakers

Day Four Friday 29th June

EXCURSION TO BRAURON (booking required) 



Theoni Scourta VP for Academic Affairs (CYA)
[email protected]
Phone: +30 210 7560-749

5 Plateia Stadiou
GR-116 35 Athens