In episode 12 of the Digital Dialogue, I am joined by Mark Munn who is Professor of Ancient Greek History, Greek Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies here at Penn State. His central research interest is in Classical Athens and its political and intellectual history.
His book, The School of Athens: Athens in the Age of Socrates is a stunning achievement and an important resource for all of us intent on understanding Greek thinking in the context of the cultural and social history in which it was articulated.
He is also the author of two other books, The Defense of Attica: The Dema Wall and Boiotian War of 378-375 BC, University of California Press, 1993 and The Mother of the Gods, Athens, and the Tyranny of Asia: A Study of Sovereignty in Ancient Religion, University of California Press, 2006.
Our discussion ranges from the agonistic or competitive nature of political discourse in classical Athens, to the political function of eros in the classical period. This later is the focus of Mark Munn’s latest book project, which we discuss in the episode as well.