Freedom and Law in Sophocles and Aeschylus


The tension and possible conflicts between the rule of law and the requirements of human freedom are not a recent discovery. The ancient Greek playwrights explored these issues thousands of years ago. The colloquium was devoted to exploring these conflicts by way of responding to the classical tragedies that are based on them.


Conference Readings

Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Translated by Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Group, 1979.

Aquinas, St. Thomas. St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics. Edited by Paul E. Sigmund. New York: Norton, 1988.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix series]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973.

Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government. Edited by Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Plato. The Trial and Death of Socrates. Translated by G. M. A. Grube. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000.

Sophocles. Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays. Translated by Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 1984.