Department of Greek & Latin

The Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and Beyond

A Pre-publication Colloquium

12-13 August 2013


Dr Vasiliki Zali, Teaching Fellow in Classics and Honorary Research Fellow (University College London)
Dr Jessica Priestley, Leventis Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition (University of Bristol)

This will be the second of two colloquia which will bring together contributors to a planned volume of essays on the reception of Herodotus from antiquity to the present day (V. Zali & J. Priestley [eds.], The Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and Beyond). The first colloquium will be hosted by the University of Bristol in April 2013.

The aim of the colloquia will be to assist contributors in developing their research ideas as well as helping them understand the project themes holistically and the particular contribution that their individual essays will make to the volume. The colloquia will also help the editors to shape a coherent, innovative and stimulating collection of essays, and will play an important role in encouraging interaction between the contributors, promoting exchange of ideas and encouraging interdisciplinary perspectives.

The August colloquium at UCL will be the main pre-publication colloquium. At this colloquium full essay drafts will be discussed. This colloquium will help contributors to refine and focus their ideas, and also develop their essays in such a way that their ideas are tightly integrated with the themes and ideas developed within other essays and across sections of the volume. Teleconferencing facilities will be used as necessary. The August colloquium will be open to a number of external participants with relevant expertise. MA and PhD students at the UCL Department of Greek and Latin with relevant interests are particularly encouraged to attend.

If you are interested in attending the colloquium, please contact Dr Vasiliki Zali.
For any other questions about the colloquium or the project, please contact the editors Dr Vasiliki Zali and Dr Jessica Priestley at

Further details about the programme of the colloquium will follow soon.

The colloquium is generously supported by the Department of Greek and Latin (UCL Leventis Fund), the UCL European Institute and the UCL Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, the Institute of Classical Studies and the Gilbert Murray Trust.

Project outline:

Over the centuries the ancient Greek historian Herodotus has been both controversial and influential, called, for instance, ‘Father of History’ (Cicero, 1st century BC), ‘Father of Lies’ (Juan Luis Vives, 16th century), and author of ‘world literature’s first great work of reportage’ (Kapuściński, 21st century). This research project will examine the reception of Herodotus from antiquity to the present day, across a range of different genres, periods and cultural contexts. It aims to produce a coherent and sophisticated collection of essays that will augment existing scholarship on Herodotus’ reception history and point to new research directions. A thematic collection of essays is planned which will draw on the expertise of scholars from several disciplines, including Classical, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, English, Slavic, Italian, Media and Cultural Studies.

The study of Herodotus’ reception history is important for the insights it can give to our own understanding of the Histories, for the insights it can give to our understanding of the cultures that have appropriated the Histories in their different ways, and for the perspectives that it gives on the cultural transmission of one of the most controversial and influential texts to have survived from Classical antiquity.

Volume editors:

Dr Vasiliki Zali, University College London
Dr Jessica Priestley, University of Bristol

Project Participants:

Dr Christopher Baron, University of Notre Dame
Mr Benjamin Earley, University of Bristol
Mr Adam Foley, University of Notre Dame
Professor Vivienne Gray, University of Auckland
Dr Leonardo Gregoratti, Durham University
Dr Gauthier Grousset, University of Cambridge
Dr Greta Hawes, University of Bristol
Dr Hyun Jin Kim, University of Sydney
Dr Kinga Kosmala, University of Chicago
Professor Dennis Looney, University of Pittsburgh
Professor John Marincola, Florida State University
Professor Neville Morley, University of Bristol
Dr Heather Neilson, University of New South Wales
Dr Félix Racine, University of St Andrews
Dr Andreas Schwab, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Dr Benjamin Stevens, Bard College
Dr Olga Tribulato, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Dr Marek Węcowski, University of Warsaw
Mr Daniel Wendt, University of Bonn

Project Collaborator: Professor Chris Carey, University College London

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For any other questions about the colloquium or the project, please contact the editors Dr Vasiliki Zali and Dr Jessica Priestley at