Ryan Balot is Professor of Political Science in Toronto. He studied Classics at the University of North Carolina, the University of Oxford and Princeton University of which he also received a doctoral degree in 1998 with a work entitled “A Genealogy of ‘Greed’ in Classical Athens”. Following this he held academic positions at Union College and Washington University in St.Louis. In 2009 he was appointed Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on ancient political theory and its modern reception and science history. In particular he deals with the functions of the ancient Polis as well as its contemporary reflexion as basic factors for the reconstruction of ancient value systems. As a fellow of research group (B-1-1) Water Spaces he investigates the political conditions of classical Greece, the formation of imperial claims and conceptions of space order.


Further Activities

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April 2014 Discussion “Courage as a Democratic Ideal”
Onassis Foundation, New York City
Lead Discussant and Moderator
April, 2014 Seminar “Is Machiavelli Entitled to Give Advice?”
Part of: Political Theory Workshop, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
December, 2013 Talk “Machiavelli’s Military Advice”
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Canada
November, 2013 Discussion “Tyranny: A New Interpretation”
Onassis Foundation, New York City
Panel Discussant
October, 2013 Talk “Trust, Mistrust, and Accountability in Thucydides’ History”
Part of: UNISA Classical Conference, UNISA University, Pretoria, South Africa
12 December 2012 Talk “Studying Ancient Political Thought and Its Reception: The Case of Classical Rationalism”
Institute for Advanced Study and Classics Department, Bristol University