By: Norman Sandridge

A colloquium on aspects of leadership in the ancient world was organized by Melina Tamiolaki (Associate Prof, University of Crete) at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies in Rethymnon, Crete (Greece), on June 7 and 8, 2018. The aim of this colloquium was to examine ancient leadership from a cross-cultural perspective. It gathered experts on ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Iran and Mesopotamia. The programme and poster of the Colloquium can be found here:

This event also attracted the attention of the media. It was presented on the Cretan TV and radio news, while two of the participants (MelinaTamiolaki and Georgios Vassileiadis) participated in a TV discussion on the role of ancient leadership in modern era (click here to view).

Melina Tamiolaki is currently preparing a volume arising from this colloquium. The volume will have a broader scope, including papers from more ancient civilizations, such as ancient China, Israel, India and early Christian writers.


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