This August 21/22 Classical Wisdom will host its second world-wide Symposium. Make sure to reserve your tickets HERE.
Discover the brilliant minds who will be taking part:


Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize.
He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York-based advisory firm, a co-founding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company, and a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in 2018, and was a New York Times bestseller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His most recent book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, has just been published by Penguin.
Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London. She has published more than thirty books on the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and their continuing presences today. She is the leader of campaign, Advocating Classics Education, to extend access to classical studies to all seconday-school students in the UK. She frequently broadcasts on radio and television and acts as consultant to professional productions of ancient and antiquity-themed theatre. She is the recipient of the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Athens. Among her most recent books are Tony Harrison: Poet of Radical Classicism (2021), A People’s History of Classics (2020, with Henry Stead) and Aristotle’s Way (2018).
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairs the Military History Working Group. He is an American scholar of ancient and modern warfare and has been a commentator on contemporary politics for various media outlets. He is a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno, and the annual Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Visiting Fellow in History at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and was a recipient of the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism.
Paul Cartledge is the A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of some 30 books, most recently Thebes: the Forgotten City of Ancient Greece (Picador, UK, & Abrams, USA, 2020, paperback 2021). He is a Commander of the Order of Honour, Greece.
Helene P. Foley is Claire Tow Professor of Classics and Ancient Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She specializes in Greek Epic and Drama, women in Antiquity, and the reception of the Classics. Her books include Female Acts in Greek Tragedy and Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage.
Donald Robertson is a writer, trainer, psychotherapist, and an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. He is also the founder of Modern Stoicism and the author of ‘How to Think Like a Roman Emperor’.
Barry Strauss is Professor of History and Classics, Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University, and a military and naval historian and consultant. As the Series Editor of Princeton’s Turning Points in Ancient History and author of eight books on ancient history, Professor Strauss is a recognized authority on the subject of leadership and the lessons that can be learned from the experiences of the greatest political and military leaders of the ancient world (Caesar, Hannibal, Alexander among many others). These lessons apply to the corporate leaders of today who are faced with complex issues that are both challenging and often defy easy solutions. Barry is author of eight books on ancient history, including “Ten Caesars”, “The Death of Caesar”, “The Battle of Salamis”, and “The Trojan War: A New History”.
Mike Fontaine is Professor of Classics at Cornell University, in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region. For How to Drink, he carried out extensive research in Germany—some in archives, and much more in the delightful wine bars, cellars, and vineyards of Franconia. His latest book, How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor, was published by Princeton this past March.
With an emphasis in Women’s Studies, Mary Naples earned a Master of Arts in Humanities from Dominican University of California in 2013. Her deep love of antiquity is reflected in her writing which, amongst other things, explores women’s narratives in the Greek and Roman worlds. Presently, she is working on an eBook about feminine consciousness in ancient Greece. More of her articles can be found on her website: Since 2013, Mary has been a contributing writer for Classical Wisdom.
Fellow and Instructor at the Ayn Rand Institute. He received his PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, focusing on Aristotle’s theory of knowledge. Prior to joining the Ayn Rand Institute in 2013, he was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he taught ancient Greek philosophy, moral theory, and epistemology.
Angie Hobbs gained a degree in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. After a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, she moved to the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick; in 2012 she was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, a position created for her. Her chief interests are in ancient philosophy and literature, and ethics and political theory from classical thought to the present, and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero (C.U.P). Her most recent publication for the general public is Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes and other media, including 22 appearances on In Our Time on Radio 4. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Abbey and been the guest on Desert Island Discs, Private Passions and Test Match Special.
She was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2019 and was on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council 2018-9 for Values, Ethics and Innovation.
Stephen Dando-Collins is the multi-award-winning Australian-born author of 45 books, mostly historical nonfiction, published around the world in numerous languages. The majority of his works deal with Roman, Greek and Persian history. His Cyrus the Great, the biography of the founder of the Persian Empire, won the Silver Award for Biography in the 2020 Indie Awards in the US. His latest book, published in the US in July by Turner, is Conquering Jerusalem: The Roman Campaign to Crush the Jewish Revolt of AD 66-73, which will be followed in November by Constantine at the Bridge: How the Battle of the Milvian Bridge Created Christian Rome.

And Joining us exclusively for our Panel discussions:

Anthony Arthur Long is a British and naturalised American classical scholar and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving Stone Professor of Literature Emeritus, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including Greek Models of Mind and Self, How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life, as well as most recently, Seneca: Fifty Letters of a Roman Stoic. 
William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA.  He is the author of eight books that have been translated into more than twenty languages.  Among them are A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (Oxford University Press, 2008) and most recently, The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient (W.W. Norton, 2018).  He is currently at work on a book about thinking critically, but with an open mind, in the age of the internet.
Dr. James Hankins, professor of History at Harvard University and an intellectual historian specializing in the Italian Renaissance. He is the general editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library, which publishes bilingual editions of important Latin works of the Renaissance as well as author of many books, including, Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft.
We also have our excellent hosts, including Classical Wisdom’s own Anya Leonard, Ben Potter, Sean Kelly and Danielle Alexander. We will also be joined by the curator of Civic Renaissance, Alexandra Hudson and the host of Ancient Greece Declassified, Jack Visnjic.
Reserve your seat at Classical Wisdom’s Symposium 2021: The End of Empires and the Fall of Nations today and become a member of modern society that IS prepared for what’s to come, a citizen at the ready, a citizen of wisdom.
Together, we can prepare for the future by truly understanding and integrating the lessons from the past. It’s time to nourish our modern minds with ancient wisdom.
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Includes registration to the Classical Wisdom Symposium 2021 AND a free recording of the event.
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Includes registration to the Classical Wisdom Symposium 2021, a free recording of the event, AND sponsorship of a student of classics who is interested in attending but cannot afford the registration fees.
What’s a Symposium without wine…simply a meeting!
Fortunately to us, Bonner Private Wines have sourced a special Mediterranean collection, exclusively for our Symposium. Just remember to get your wine before August 10th!
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