Friday, October 23, 2009



Classical Heroism and Conflict: Revisiting Antique Warfare
in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Friday, April 16, 2010
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

The sixth one-day colloquium of the Cultures of War and Conflict
Resolution Research Network will be held in Athens, at the historic site
of the First University of Greece. The theme of this colloquium focuses on
the representation of classical heroism and its implications in the
practice and theory of conflict in the medieval and early modern periods.
This conference will concentrate not only on the influence of antiquity
upon violent cultural change in these periods but also on the ways in
which warfare in ancient cultures was remembered by succeeding centuries.
We welcome papers on any aspect of the configurations of the classical
past with particular reference to: medieval/early modern heroism;
conflict; warfare; and/or the influence of classical writing upon these
fields of enquiry.

Particular topics of interest for this conference are as follows:

Myths and heroes in representations of medieval and early modern
Textual oppositions between the Warrior-king and the soldier/army
Aestheticizing violence and the battle
Military ethos and the construction of masculinity
Heroism, sixteenth-century militarism, and the ideal soldier
Armour, weapons, technology
Conventions of representation;the capacity and the
limitations of the Renaissance theatre to portray warfare
Militant Christianity;the embattled Church
Propaganda and empire-building
Non-combatant civilians and the rules of engagement
War and the making of community

Please send proposals for 30-minute papers (250 words) by 28 February 2010
to Efterpi Mitsi,
Organizers: Assoc. Prof. Efterpi Mitsi (, Assist. Prof.
Christina Dokou (, The Faculty of English Studies,
School of Philosophy, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
Zografou University Campus, 157 84, Athens, Greece


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