May 18

Clara Shaw Hardy presents on her new book: Athens 415: The City in Crisis

Monday, May 18th, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm / Content Bookstore
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Professor Clara Shaw Hardy presents on her new book
Athens 415: The City in Crisis

Monday, May 18, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Content Bookstore
314 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Join us at Content Bookstore as Clara Shaw Hardy shares her newest work Athens 415: The City in Crisis. A detailed look at one of the most significant events in Athens’ history, with translations by poet Robert B. Hardy, this should prove to be a thoughtful discussion with an engaging narrative that draws readers into Athens' crisis.

On a summer night in 415 BCE, unknown persons systematically mutilated most of the domestic "herms"--guardian statues of the god Hermes—in Athens. The reaction was immediate and extreme: the Athenians feared a terrifying conspiracy was underway against the city and its large fleet—and possibly against democracy itself. The city established a board of investigators, which led to informants, accusations, and flight by many of the accused. Ultimately, dozens were exiled or executed, their property confiscated.

This dramatic period offers the opportunity to observe the city in crisis and provides a particularly effective entry-point into a full multifaceted view of the way Athens worked in the late fifth century. Designed primarily for classroom use, Athens 415 is no potted history, but rather a source-based presentation of ancient urban life ideal for the study of a people and their institutions and beliefs.

Clara Shaw Hardy is Professor of Classics at Carleton College.
Robert B. Hardy is Research Associate of Classics at Carleton College

Cost: Free

No RSVPs needed.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 800-729-2586.

Clara Shaw Hardy: Athens 415 

Sponsored by Regional Carls. Contact: Krista Herbstrith