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Montesquieu Forum: “Hesiod’s ‘Theogony’ and the Beginnings of Natural Philosophy”


On March 23, 2020, the Montesquieu Forum at Roosevelt University will welcome Jenny Strauss Clay, the William R. Kernan, Jr. Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia, for a lecture on “Hesiod’s ‘Theogony’ and the Beginnings of Natural Philosophy”

Monday, March 23, 2020 • 4:30 PM
Auditorium Building, Room 720 • Roosevelt University

Free and open to the public

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Jenny Strauss Clay is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics Emerita at the University of Virginia. The focus of her scholarly work has been on archaic Greek poetry, more specifically, what she calls the theology of the early Greek poets, that is, their views on the relations between gods and men. She also dabbles in other areas of Greek and Latin poetry and is interested in problems of interpreting literary texts. Professor Strauss Clay is currently pursuing several projects, including “Mapping the Catalogue of Ships” with Benjamin Jasnow and Courtney Evans, involving digital humanities, and a commentary on Hesiod’s Theogony for the Green and Yellow series.

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The Montesquieu Forum at Roosevelt University, a JMC partner program, advances the study of the classical and European heritage that informed the American Founding.

The Forum supports course work on political philosophy, covering texts from the Bible and such ancient writers as Plato, Cicero, and Plutarch to the early modern writers like Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, John Locke, and, of course, Baron de Montesquieu.

The Montesquieu Forum also presents an annual series of public lectures and conferences on these topics, hosted mainly on the Roosevelt University campus. It has also hosted three Summer Academies for high school teachers, two high school essay competitions on the Declaration of Independence, and an essay competition and conference for Roosevelt University Honors Students.

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