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Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership will study leaders from different periods, cultures, and communities, both fictional and historical, e.g., Agamemnon and Achilles, Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles and Aspasia, Cyrus the Great of Persia, Socrates, Caesar, and Cicero. Students will consider what does it mean to be a leader? what is the leader’s emotional and psychological experience like? what role does gender play in leadership? how do leaders persuade others, make ethical decisions, and negotiate rivalries?

This course will be offered on the campuses of Brandeis University, Emory University, Hobart and William Smith College, Howard University, Tulane University, University of Findlay, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Others may participate online through a tutorial program. During this inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary, and collaborative experience, students will participate in group discussions, contribute to online forums, and join in weekly online common sessions with all of the students and faculty. Activities will include developing critical tools and terminology for analyzing leaders, reflection and introspection, as well as dramatized problem-solving scenarios. The overall goal is to help students better appreciate leadership in their own lives and become better leaders themselves. More information on the course may be found here.

The Tutorial Program

Students who are not enrolled at one of the participating institutions may take the course through the tutorial program, which will include:

  • Weekly, one-hour discussion groups with a tutor in a cohort of no more than five
  • Weekly, one-hour common sessions featuring faculty and students from participating colleges and universities
  • Access to the forums for faculty and students
  • Access to all course materials
  • An option of working one-on-one with a tutor on a project or topic of your choosing at a rate of $30 per hour

The weekly discussion groups with a tutor will be $150 for twelve weeks (the length of the course) or $100 for the first six weeks with an option to continue the second half of the course for an additional $100. The format of the discussion groups will be flexible, and may be comprised of short lectures, open discussion, student reports, deeper analysis of texts, or performances. Lindsay Samson is managing tutorial payments. Once you have completed your registration form (linked below), please send payment to her PayPal account.

The course materials provide up to seven hours of reading a week, however, participants can read as much or as little as they wish. If there is interest in a particular topic (such as women leaders or military tactics of successful leaders) the tutor can provide bibliography for further exploring a specific topic. The primary role of the tutor is to act as an informed guide, not a lecturer.


Click here to register for the course.

Once you have completed your registration form, please send payment to Lindsay Samson’s PayPal account.

Meet the Tutors

Lindsay Samson: She received her Ph.D in classics from the University of Iowa in 2013 and has contributed to several Sunoikisis courses (Medieval Latin, Late Republican Literature, and the Odyssey). She has also taught Latin and Greek at all levels, as well as courses in English such as Mythology, Greek Civilization, and Diseases and Disabilities in Classical Literature. Her research focuses on Theocritus and Hellenistic philosophy. Her other interests include the relationship between women and power in the ancient world. She notes: “My tutorials will have a dynamic format, responding to the interests and desired outcomes of each group. I will ask everyone to help move the conversation forward by sharing their impressions, giving brief reports on engaging aspects of the readings, or even assuming the personae of a characters to bring the readings to life. Our meetings will be flexible, but not without structure and guidance.”

John Esposito: Completed his PhD in classics at UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2015 with a dissertation on hetaireia (warrior companionship) in Homer. His research addresses themes of interpersonal relationships, war and peace, boundaries and limits, leadership, and psychological growth. He recently published on the metaphysical implications of the last spoken words in Vergil’s Aeneid (Pallas te hoc vulnere..) and is currently revising articles on Ajax’s suicide in Sophocles’ Ajax, Jason’s theory of mind in Apollonius’ Argonautica, and Caesar’s self-presentation as military and civil leader in the Gallic War and the Civil War, in addition to dissertation-related pieces on Homeric warrior-companionship. He has taught courses on ancient languages, classical mythology, and etymology, and have served as teaching assistant in three academic departments (Asian studies and computer science as well as classics). He also has experience in digital humanities, software development, and digital publishing and is currently a senior research analyst at an online publisher and research firm for software developers.

Dr. Victoria Győri is an ancient historian with particular interest and research experience in the late Republic and early Principate (especially Augustus) and in Roman numismatics. She received her PhD from King’s College London in 2013. Her PhD thesis was on Augustan coinage, entitled ‘From Republic to Principate: Change and Continuity in Roman Coinage.’ It examined the changes that occurred in Roman “mainstream” and “provincial” coinage from the mid-first century BC to the accession of Tiberius in AD 14 and investigated how they contribute to our understanding of the nature and chronology of the formation of the Principate. Some of her most recent publications are: (2015) ‘The Lituus and Augustan Provincial Coinage’, Acta Ant. Hung. 55: 45-59, (2014a) ‘The Memory of War and Augustan Coin Legends’, in Franchi, E. and Proietti, G. (eds.) Guerra e memoria nel mondo antico, Trento, 227-258, (2014b) ‘The Aurea Aetas and Octavianic/Augustan Coinage’, in Lopez, C. (ed.), Les 2000 ans de la mort d’Auguste (Revista Numismática OMNI N.8), Spain, 36-55. She is currently working on a forthcoming book entitled, Studies in the Coinage of Augustus. She has presented numerous conference papers to varied audiences, such as in Italy and Hungary. She has considerable practical experience of working for museum collections. Her own interest in numismatics began as an undergraduate at Oberlin College, when she assisted in cataloguing some of the Greco-Roman coins in the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. In 2002, she participated in the Athenian Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies. Her task there was to write conservation reports on the Greek and Roman coins in the Agora collection in order to aid in the start of the transfer of metals to the museum’s new climate-controlled storage facility. In 2003-04, as the Frances M. Schwartz Fellow, she carried out cataloguing for the American Numismatic Society, and worked on coins from a wide range of periods. For example, she dealt with modern Olympic commemorative coins and presented and published a paper that compared ancient Greek coins featuring the Olympic Games to modern Olympic commemorative coins.