Symposium on modern politics and international relations

Wednesday 9th March 2022 (10:00-17:00)
Please contact Dr Edmund Stewart for further information.

Lessons for Modern Politics and International Relations: The Ancient Spartan Constitution

The House of Lords, Wednesday 9th March 2022.

Free one day symposium.

This symposium is hosted by Lord Butler of Brockwell and jointly organised by the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies at the University of Nottingham and the City of Sparta.

Currently open to invited attendees only. Advance booking closes at midday on Friday 7th February. After this date any remaining places will be opened to the general public, please contact Dr Edmund Stewart for further information.

View the full programme online or scroll down to view the planned itinerary for the day. View the programme


Guidance for attendees

Please note that this event will be held in the House of Lords. All attendants must therefore ensure that they have read and adhered to the venue's instructions for guests as well as their current Covid guidance. All registered attendees will also receive a formal invitation via email a few days before the event, which MUST be produced upon arrival to gain admittance to the House of Lords.




Morning Session: The Spartan Constitution.
Committee Room G, The House of Lords

10.00 Coffee and pastries

10.20-10.30 Welcome Address by Dr Chrysanthi Gallou (director of the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies, The University of Nottingham).

10.30-11.20 Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) ‘The Spartan Constitution’.

11.20-12:00 Dr Alberto Esu (University of Mannheim) ‘Lycurgus and the Intent of the Lawgiver in Spartan Constitutionalism’. 

12:00-12.30 Coffee

12.30-13.20 Professor Loren J. Samons (University of Boston and the American College of Greece) ‘Sparta’s Responsibility for Athenian Democracy’.

Afternoon Session: The Constitutions of Non-Democracies, Policy Recommendations.
The Attlee Room, The House of Lords

13.20-14.40 Lunch

14.40-15.20 Dr Edmund Stewart (University of Nottingham and Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies) ‘The Thucydides Trap: Lessons on the Prospect of Conflict between Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes (Sparta and Athens, China and the UK)’.

15.20-15:40 Coffee

15:40-17.00 Launch of CSPS Policy briefing ‘Authoritarian Regimes: New Policy Challenges’.

Plenary session led by Petros Doukas and Lord Butler of Brockwell.


This event is currently open to invited attendees only, please contact Dr Edmund Stewart for further information. 

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