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The Thucydides Project: Might is Right? Ancient and Modern Debates

Sunday 10th November 2013 1pm - 2pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Free Event

'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.' So claimed an aide of George W. Bush in 2004, but it's an idea that dates back to 5th century BC Greece and the historian Thucydides - one of the most-quoted and invoked ancient writers in debates about contemporary affairs such as the invasion of Iraq and post-9/11 US foreign policy.

This public event, part of the annual InsideArts and Thinking Futures festivals of ideas, draws on the work of the Bristol Thucydides project over the last four years. Watch a performance of an adaptation of the Melian Dialogue - a famous passage in Thucydides' work where he explores different approaches to justice and interest in inter-state relations - by members of StudioSpace, the student drama society, which is followed by a discussion between scholars working on different aspects of the topic, with plenty of opportunity for questions from the audience.


Speakers: Torsten Michel and Christopher Brooke from Politics at Bristol University, and Neville Morley and Ellen O'Gorman from Classics & Ancient History.

This event is free but booking is essential - please visit to reserve your place(s). For further enquiries, please contact Neville Morley (



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