THUCYDIDES’ HISTORY: On Politics and Plagues

Right after “Pericles’ Funeral Oration” in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War comes the vivid description of the “Plague of Athens.” Readers today wonder how the plague affected Athenian society, and especially those Athenian civic virtues so eloquently described by Pericles. This presentation will focus on Thucydides’ concerns about the plague’s political impacts, and tease out connections to the current pandemic.

Related Seminar texts: Thucydides, “The Plague of Athens” & “Pericles’ Funeral Oration” (Sem 102)

With Brother Charles Hilken

Thursday, April 15
1:15-2:30 pm

All Spring '21 Seminar Informal Curriculum events will be offered online and in real-time. Attend using this Zoom link:

Most Informal Curriculum programs have an interactive component; we recommend using both audio and video functions to fully engage with the experience.  We also encourage students to sign in using their real names; complete the assigned reading beforehand, and have access to the text/s during the event.

Tiffany Denman, Seminar Informal Curriculum Coordinator