Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Political Thought

10 March 2016, 10:00 - 18:00

Room SG2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

A one-day workshop, part of the ERC funded project Bible and Antiquity in 19th-century Culture based at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge.


  • Katherine Harlow (Reading)
  • Jocelyn Betts (CRASSH)
  • Simon Skinner (Oxford)
  • Alexandra Lianeri (Thessaloniki)


  • Phiroze Vasunia (UCL)
  • Duncan Bell (Cambridge)
  • Gareth Atkins (CRASSH)
  • Carol Atack (Warwick)

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This event is supported by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 295463




10.15 - 11.35

Speaker: Katherine Harloe, Politics of Historicism around 1800

Respondent: Phiroze Vasunia

11.35 - 12.00 Coffee


12.00 - 13.20

Speaker: Jocelyn Betts, Political Rhetoric, Carlyle and Prophecy

Respondent: Duncan Bell

13.20 - 14.20


14.30 - 15.50

Speaker: Simon Skinner 'A Theory is found in Scripture': Tractarians, the Bible, and Antiquity

Respondent: Gareth Atkins

15.50 - 16.30


16.30 -18.00

Speaker: Alexandra Lianeri, Moral Activity and Political Sovereignty: Bible and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Respondent: Carol Attack