ICS: ‘Leadership Values and and Genre Interactions in Antiquity’

Please see below information about the upcoming (online) conference ‘Leadership Values and Genre Interactions in Antiquity’, hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies.

Booking for attending the event is essential and you can use the form found here.

For further information, please contact either or both of the organisers: Dr A. Gavrielatos ([email protected]) and Dr E. Nicholson ([email protected]).


11 June 2021, 10:00am – 16:00pm

10:00 – 10:30              Welcome and Introductions

10:30 – 12:00              Values of the Ideal leader

Superior memory as an attribute of the ideal leader

Joe Grimwade (University of Cambridge)

Homer and Virgil Professors of Management. Could Aeneas and Agamemnon be a leadership model for current CEOs?

José María Peláez Marqués (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria)

The role of intertextuality in the poetic representation of leadership’s values: the example of clementia

Bénédicte Delignon (ENS de Lyon – UMR HiSoMA)

12:00 – 12:30              Break

12:30 – 13:15              Keynote Paper

The poetical is political: Leadership and literary art

Jacqueline Klooster (University of Groningen)

13:15 – 14:30              Break

14:30 – 16:00              Leadership Values and Interactions with Philosophy

Following Diogenes: Cynic Leadership in Plutarch and Beyond

Inger Neeltje Irene Kuin (University of Virginia)

Caesar as Light-Bringer: Exploring Lucan’s use of Lucretius’ philosophical leader

Liam Preston (University of Exeter)

“Singing into the ass’s ear”: leadership and listening in Dio Chrysostom’s Oration 32

Raphaëla Dubreuil (Trinity College Dublin)


12 June 2021, 10:00am – 17:00pm

10:00 – 11:00              Leadership Values and Interactions in Historiography

Leaders and regional identity in Xenophon’s Anabasis

Emma Aston (University of Reading)

One Man Among Many: History, Biography and Leadership in Polybius’ Histories

Emma Nicholson (University of Exeter)

11:00 – 11:30              Break

11:30 – 12:30              Renowned leaders and models of leadership

Dio of Prusa, Plutarch and the Paradigm of Epaminondas: A Flexible Model of Leadership

Thierry Oppeneer (Ghent University)

Shared ideas concerning political leadership in archaic poetry, Thucydides, and Euripides

Theodore Hill (Durham University)

12:30 – 13:30              Break

13:30 – 14:30              Representations of Leadership in Poetry

The Other Leader: Reading Feminine Leadership Values through Monuments

Anna-Sofia Alitalo (University of Oxford)

Speak like a leader: the leadership values in Lucan’s speeches and their models

Andreas Gavrielatos (ICS – University of Reading)

14:30 – 15:00              Break

15:00 – 16:30              The Ideal Leader in Late Antiquity

Livanius and the ideal emperor in the rhetoric of the 4 c. AD

Grammatiki Karla (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Cities and their Gods: Moses, Aeneas, Constantine and Heavenly Kingship

Eva Anagostou-Laoutides (Macquarie University)

From Osiris to Honorius: Late Antique Ideal of the Good Ruler in Claudian and Synesius

Marzia Fiorentini (University of St Andrews – La Sapienza of Rome)

16:30 – 17:00              Discussion


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