War, Culture and Democracy in Classical Athens

As part of the War, Culture and Democracy in Classical Athens Conference hosted by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, two of the world’s foremost experts on democracy conducted a unique, double-billed public lecture.

Josiah Ober

Josiah Ober

Josiah Ober is renowned for his paradigm-shifting research on Athenian democracy and its popular culture and is widely published on the subject. In this lecture, he will present the paper "Democracy and the Organisation of Knowledge" which will examine Athenian military proficiency during the Arkhidamian War.

Widely regarded as North America’s leading historian of ancient Greek democracy, Josiah Ober holds a joint appointment at Princeton University as the David Magie Professor of Classics, and with the University Center for Human Values. In September, he takes up the role of Constantine Mitsotakis Professor of Classics and Political Science at Stanford University.

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John Keane

John Keane

John Keane is Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Westminster University, London, and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. In this lecture John Keane will present the paper entitled "Does Democracy Have A Violent Heart?" examining the seemingly juxtaposed, yet evidently intertwined, concepts of war and democracy from both an ancient and modern understanding.

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