SAGE Business Cases: Ancient Leadership Series

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SAGE Publishing continues to grow its teaching case collection, SAGE Business Cases, across the business spectrum while incorporating new insights from a variety of disciplines. In 2019, SAGE launched Ancient Leadership, a new teaching case series within SAGE Business Cases. 

The Ancient Leadership collection brings the humanities to the business world by exploring narratives of becoming a leader in Classical history, mythology, philosophy, and material culture. These cases allow students to engage with sources from the diverse cultures of the ancient Mediterranean basin, not merely limited to Greece and Rome, but also Persia, Phoenicia, Lydia, Egypt, Etruria, etc. The collection represents an inclusive array of individuals and leadership scenarios in ancient Mediterranean societies, especially in terms of gender, social status, economic class, and occupation. 

Each contribution is intended to: (1) help students cultivate emotional intelligence (2) help students think about the highest values and “goods” that leaders strive for; (3) help students develop language, metaphors, and terminology for thinking about these goods (and leadership in general); and (4) help students think more critically about the problems someone may face in becoming a leader.

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The Ancient Leadership series is edited by: 

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  • Mallory Monaco Caterine, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Department of Classical Studies Tulane University
  • Mallory Monaco Caterine, Ph.D., (a.k.a Prof. MC) grew up in upstate New York, went to Georgetown University for her undergraduate degree (B.A. in Linguistics and Classical Languages, with a Math minor for fun), and earned her doctorate in Classics from Princeton. She has been a lecturer in Tulane's Department of Classical Studies for three years, and regularly teaches courses in mythology, Latin, Greek, and ancient Mediterranean culture. She believes that a liberal arts degree should prepare you to think, speak, and act as a free citizen of the world, and to help others do the same. When she's not on campus, she is playing roller derby with the Big Easy Rollergirls, cooking with her husband, or playing with her cat, L'il Easy.

    Call for Papers

    Partner with SAGE to develop your ANCIENT LEADERSHIP teaching case

    . For further details on submissions, Click here

    SAGE Publishing continues to grow its teaching case collection, SAGE Business Cases, across the business and management discipline while also focusing in on key areas. 

    SAGE is pleased to offer case authors:

    • Double-blind peer review of your case and teaching notes
    • A thorough editorial process, working to develop your ideas and prepare cases for successful publication
    • Freedom to include your students in the case research and writing process
    • Copyright in your name and final PDF for ease of use in your classroom
    • $500 when your case is published
    • An international audience for your work

    Have you written a case that you currently use in your classroom? Do you have an idea or a rough draft of a case? Bring it to SAGE and we’ll work with you to develop your idea and ready it for the global classroom.


    • We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
    • Please include discussion questions and teaching notes.
    • Guidelines and templates may be found here
    • Manuscripts are accepted through our ScholarOne portal
    • Authors receive decisions within 6-8 weeks of submission.

    For questions and sample cases, contact: Rebecca Frankel, Associate Editor,

    Cases from the Ancient Leadership Series

    Click a title to view the case:

    Becoming a Leader in a Crisis: Gender and Ethical Dimensions in Ancient Greece
    Becoming a Leader in the Ancient World: Athena's Mentoring of Telemachus in the Odyssey
    Becoming a Leader in the Household: The Wife of Ischomachus as a Model Leader in Xenophon’s Oeconomicus
    Becoming Powerful Through Compromise: Hesiod’s Zeus as Chairman of the Gods
    Domitius at Corfinium: A Failure of Emotional Intelligence
    Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in the Roman Army: Tacitus’ Agricola
    Exile, Identity, and Adaptation in Ancient Egypt: Sinuhe, Wenamun, and Wermai
    Fulvia: Leadership and Social Convention in Ancient Rome
    How to Become a Great Agricultural Leader: Ideas From Columella
    Isocrates, Aristotle, and Their Theories of Eunoia (Good Regard) as Precursors of Emotional Intelligence
    Leaders Managing Negative Emotions: The Episode Between Cyrus and Cyaxares in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia
    Leading With Emotional Intelligence: Managing Institutional Uncertainty in Ancient Rome
    Medea, Jason, and the Challenges of Leading Among Equals
    Messaging Leadership in Ancient Persia: The Case of Darius I
    Opposing Violence and Taxes: Hortensia's Leadership During the Roman Civil War
    Philosophy and Politics: The Case of Plato
    Popular Good Will as a Leadership Attribute in the Writings of Isocrates
    Reading Minds and Leading Men: Agamemnon’s Test and Emotional Intelligence' Assemblywomen
    Shared Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica
    Sophocles’ Philoctetes: Causes of and Remedies for Dehumanization in a Leadership Role
    The Power of Vulnerability: Priam's Negotiation With Achilles
    The Women Take Over: Female Leadership in Aristophanes' Assemblywomen
    Toppling Tyrants: Thrasybulus and the Thirty
    What to Do in a Debt Crisis? The Case of Solon and Athenian Debt Slavery

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