Liberty and Responsibility in Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy


Paul Cantor's 2017 monograph, Shakespeare's Roman Trilogy: The Twilight of the Ancient World, offers an excellent frame through which to reconsider the roles of liberty, Christianity, and globalization in Shakespeare's representations of Rome during its transition from republic to empire. The conference considered three of Shakespeare's plays on their own merits and in relation to Cantor's arguments about the ancient world.


Conference Readings

William Shakespeare. Antony and Cleopatra. Edited by A. R. Braunmuller. New York: Penguin Group, 1999.

Cantor, Paul A. Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy: The Twilight of the Ancient World. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. Edited by Jonathan Crewe, A. R. Braunmuller, and Stephen Orgel. New York: Penguin Group, 1999.

Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar [The Tragedy of Julius Caesar]. Edited by William Montgomery. New York: Penguin Group, 2000.