Kurt Raaflaub, CHS 1976-77

Kurt Raaflaub
Current Title:
David Herlihy University Professor & Professor of Classics & History, Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence (2005-8), Director of the Program in Ancient Studies
Brown University
Ph.D. University of Basel 1970
Habilitation, Freie Universität Berlin 1979
1. The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece (2004)

2. Co-author: Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007)

3. Editor: Social Struggles in Archaic Rome (new edn., expanded and updated, 2005)                                                                                 
CV:  None given
CHS Fellowship:

Brief Bio

Kurt A. Raaflaub received his training in Switzerland and Germany and has been teaching at Brown University since 1978. In 1992-2000 he was Director (with Deborah Boedeker) of the CHS. His main fields of interest include the social and political history of the Roman republic, the social, political, and intellectual history of archaic and classical Greece, and the comparative history of the ancient world. At the CHS and Brown he organized numerous international conferences. He is general editor of a Blackwell series, “The Ancient World: Comparative Histories.” His earlier publications include Dignitatis contentio: Motivation and Political Strategy in Caesar’s Civil War  (Munich 1974, in German) and (co-)edited volumes on Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and his Principate (1990); City-States in Classical Antiquity and Medieval Italy (1991); Beginnings of Political Thought in the Ancient World: The Near-Eastern Civilizations and the Greeks (1993, in German); Democracy, Empire, and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens (1998); War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (1999), the latter two resulting from CHS Colloquia. His 2004 book on The Discovery of Freedom won the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize. His current projects include Early Greek Political Thought in Its Mediterranean Context and a commentary on Caesar’s Bellum Civile, bk. 1.