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Dr Kleanthis Mantzouranis
BA, MA, PhD
Research Fellow ERC Project Honour in Classical Greece
I was born in Athens and studied Classics in Greece (Athens and Ioannina), before moving to London where I received a PhD in Classics from University College London (UCL) in 2012. During and after my PhD studies, I worked as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (2008-11) and Teaching Fellow (2012-14) at UCL, and as an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College (2012-14). Before coming to Edinburgh, I was a Teaching Fellow at the School of Classics, University of St Andrews, for four years (2014-18), where I taught a variety of courses in Greek and Latin language and literature (Homer, Early Greek poetry, Greek tragedy and historiography, Hellenistic poetry, Roman imperial poetry and historiography).
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Ancient Civilisations
- Language & Literature
My research focuses on the cultural values of archaic and classical Greece and the history of Greek ethical and political thought. I am especially interested in the ways in which philosophers (especially Plato and Aristotle) respond to their cultural and literary background and engage with the system(s) of inherited ethical and political beliefs encapsulated primarily in the works of the poets of the archaic age (Homer, Hesiod, lyric and elegiac poetry). In my doctoral thesis, I examined how traditional beliefs about wealth and honour inform Aristotle’s discussion of the two concepts, and how Aristotle refined those beliefs in accordance with his own philosophical doctrine.
Through the study of Aristotle’s virtues of ‘magnificence’ and ‘greatness of soul’, I became interested in ideas about the virtues, role, and duties of exceptional individuals and ultimately in notions of leadership. I am interested in exploring the ways in which contemporary developments in the field of Leadership Studies (relational leadership, identity leadership, leadership ethics) map on to Greek ideas of leadership, focusing primarily on the works of Herodotus and Thucydides.
Current research activities
I am currently a Research Fellow in the ERC-funded 'Honour in Classical Greece' project, and my research focuses on the ethical and political works of Aristotle. I explore Aristotle’s views on honour, esteem, and related ideas, aiming to highlight the variety of ways in which honour was conceptualized, and to analyse the complex workings of honour and its central role at both personal (as a motivating factor associated with emotions, virtues, and ideas of the good life) and social level (associated with political behaviour and conceptions of friendship, reciprocity, equality and justice). I am also particularly interested in exploring the links between Aristotle’s views on honour and traditional Greek thought.
Honour in Classical Greece: esteem, status, identity, and society in ancient Greek literature, life, and thought (http://research.shca.ed.ac.uk/honour-in-greece/).
Articles and Chapters
Mantzouranis, K. (forthcoming). ‘Can you Trust Xerxes to be Your Friend? Friendship and Autocracy in Herodotus’, in Philia: Friendship in Ancient Greek Thought and Literature, ed. by A. Efstathiou, J. Filonik, Ch. Kremmydas, and E. Volonaki (Brill).
Cairns, D. L., M. Canevaro, & K. Mantzouranis. 2022. ‘Recognition and Redistribution in Aristotle’s Account of stasis’, Polis 39, 1-34.
Mantzouranis, K. 2021. ‘“Not to fall short of those before me”: Xerxes and the pitfalls of rising to power’, in SAGE Business Cases.
Cairns, D. L., M. Canevaro, & K. Mantzouranis. 2020. ‘Aristotle on the Causes of Civil Strife: Subjective Dispositions, Proportional Justice and the ‘Occasions’ of stasis’, Maia 72.3, 551-70.
Mantzouranis, K. 2018. ‘Thucydides’ Assessments of Pericles and Alcibiades as a Lesson in Leadership Ethics’, Polis 35.2, 523-547.
Mantzouranis, K. 2016. ‘A Philosophical Reception of Homer: Homeric Courage in Aristotle’s Discussion of ἀνδρεία’, in A. Efstathiou & I. Karamanou (eds), Homeric Receptions Across Generic and Cultural Contexts, Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes, vol. 37 (Berlin; New York: de Gruyter), pp. 163-73.
Mantzouranis, K. and V. Petrolini (forthcoming). ‘Review: P. Giacomoni, N. Valentini, & S. Dellantonio (eds.), The Dark Side: Philosophical Reflections on the “Negative Emotions” (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021), La Società degli Individui 72.
Mantzouranis, K. 2017. ‘Review: Aristotle’s Politics. A Critical Guide, ed. by T. Lockwood and Th. Samaras (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)’, CR 67.2, 357-9.
Mantzouranis, K. 2016. ‘Review: Courage in the Democratic Polis, R. Balot (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)’, Phoenix 70, 194-6.
Mantzouranis, K. 2016. ‘Review: Bodies of Speech: Text and Textuality in Aristotle, G. Zoran (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)’, JHS 136, 288-9.
Mantzouranis, K. 2013. ‘Review: Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and its Contexts, A. L. Ford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)’, JHS 133, 189-90.