The Greek Superpower: Sparta in the Self-Definitions of Athenians

University of Cambridge: 4-6 July 2013, Faculty of Classics, G21

Co-Organisers : Paul Cartledge & Anton Powell

Thursday 4th
Session 1  Chair: Anton Powell
2.00-2.10 Welcome
2.10-3.00 Paul Cartledge: The Oath of Plataia revisited
3.00-4.00 Marcello Lupi: Gained in translation: Spartan `syssitia’ and Athenian oligarchical vocabulary

Session 2  Chair: Paul Cartledge
4.30-5.30 Paul Christesen:  A curious case of convergence: the governments of Athens and Sparta during the Decelean War
5.30-6.30 Anton Powell: Kritias and an attempted laconising of Athens?

Conference Dinner

Friday 5th
Session 3 Chair: Paul Christesen
9.15-10.00 Malcolm Schofield: Was Aristotle any sort of a Laconophile?
10.00-11.00 Fritz-Gregor Herrmann: Plato’s Republic as ideal version of Sparta?

Session 4  Chair: Ellen Millender
11.30-12.30 Edith Hall: Euripides’ Sparta
break: 12.30-2.00
2.00-3.00 Ralph Rosen: Athenian comedy (and its fragments) as a reflex of Sparta

Session 5 Chair: Robin Osborne
3.00-4.00 Nicolas Richer: The contribution of Spartan practices to Xenophon’s thought
4.00 – 5.00 Carol Atack: The kings and I: Spartans and others in Isocrates’ imaginary

Saturday 6th
Session 6 Chair: Stephen Hodkinson
9.00 – 10.00 Giulitta Nardi Perna: Plato’s criticism of Sparta in the Laws
10.00 – 11.00 Ellen Millender: Thucydides and the construction of Spartan silence

Session 7  Chairs: Paul Cartledge & Anton Powell
11.30 – 12.30 Michael Scott: Architectural and artistic responses to Sparta
12.30 – 1.00 Conclusions and prospect: discussion

Interested scholars and students are welcome to apply to attend. There is no registration fee, but visitors must make their own arrangements for accommodation and meals. Those planning to attend should contact the Co-Organisers as soon as possible.