Shakespeare’s Roman Republicanism


Shakespeare’s vivid portrayals of the ancient world and its political challenges in his Roman plays can be said to depict the rise, character, and fall of Roman republican liberty. Shakespeare’s analysis of Roman republicanism may be useful not only in exploring the conditions of Roman liberty, but also in exploring the conditions of liberty in our times as well.


Conference Readings

Livy. “The History of Rome.” Fordham University. (Aug 7, 2012).

Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. London: Arden Shakespeare, 1995.

Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. London: Arden Shakespeare, 2006.

Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. London: Arden Shakespeare, 2006.