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Political Origin Stories

Political Origin Stories: Greek and Roman Myth and the Hit Musical ‘Hamilton’

Myths are stories told across the generations that probe and illuminate the big questions - Who are we? Where do we come from? How do we live together? This talk explores the political contexts of ancient Athenian and Roman origin stories to illuminate the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton.’ It argues that the musical’s characterization of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the United States shares many parallels with the ways that ancient cultures used myth at critical historical moments to craft their own political identities and futures.

Yurie Hong, Assoc. Professor and Chair of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Assoc. Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Wed., Oct. 14, 11 a.m., SPCC 219, Register by Oct. 12, $5 LI-F03