Make history, not war.
If you love history or politics (English is understood) and are available, please be invited to a lecture titled “War is the father of all: The politics of war, empire, and freedom in democratic Athens” by Prof. Kurt A. Raaflaub at Brown University.
WHERE: NOVI SAD, THE FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, THE PROJECTION ROOM IN THE BASEMENT
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 HIGH NOON
We think of fifth-century Athens as a “Golden Age” of greatness in culture and humanism, characterized by the Parthenon, Phidias’ sculptures, Sophocles’ tragedies, Aristophanes’ comedies, Thucydides’ History, and the emergence of Socrates’ philosophy. If we can trust the historian Thucydides, the contemporaries, in and after the time of Pericles, defined “greatness” by stunning victories in war, unprecedented imperial power, and unmatched liberty, all achieved by citizens uniquely committed, on the basis of a powerful civic ideology, to their community’s continuing military and political domination. Yet twenty-five years after Pericles’ death, starved and exhausted, Athens lost the Peloponnesian War and was almost destroyed. This paper discusses the tensions and contradictions, so meaningful to our own time, inherent in Athens’ politics and ideologies of war, empire, and freedom, and their intimate connection with democracy.