John Grace studied political philosophy and literature at Kenyon College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto. He currently studies works of political philosophy from Ancient Rome and the European Renaissance. He also explores the relation between political philosophy and literature, with special focus on Lucretian poetry and Shakespearean drama.
In this summer's course we will delve into Shakespeare's profound presentation of the dramatic politics of Ancient Rome, a city and an empire which held an enduring fascination for the great playwright. We will also confront Shakespeare's tragic understanding of Rome with the radically anti-tragic understanding of Niccolo Machiavelli, the Renaissance philosopher and historian whose writings were notorious in Shakespeare's time for teaching the diabolical arts of power politics.