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Oct. 23 | Hero, Master, Demagogue, Beast: The Classical Roots of Modern Fascism

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 6:00—7:30 PM | Addlestone Library Rm. 227 

FREE

Fascism is having a revival.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, join the Friends of the Library and author Nathan Crick for a classical interpretation of fascism through the lens of four Greek literary and philosophical works—through the heroic epic of Homer’s Iliad, the rhetorical mastery of Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen, the demagogue of Aristophanes’ Birds, and the superhuman beast of Aristotle’s Politics.

Taken together, these four different personas are brought together in modern Fascism in a way that gives it its unique attractiveness, violence, and terror.

A Q&A will follow the discussion.

FREE; Registration is required.

Nathan Crick’s work explores the relationship between and power throughout different periods of political and social change, focusing specifically on those factors which are result of conscious strategies of persuasion by individuals or groups. His books include Democracy and Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of BecomingRhetoric and Power: The Drama of Classical Greece, and The Keys of Power: The Rhetoric and Politics of Transcendentalism.