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Clara Hardy

Clara Hardy

  • Professor of Classics, David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities, Classics


While I consider myself a generalist (humani nihil a me alienum puto!) my particular interests are in ancient drama and gender studies. I regularly teach Classics courses in these areas, as well as Latin and Greek courses at all levels. I've been obsessed for some time now with the mutilation of the Herms in 415 BCE, and confess to being just a little bit in love with Alcibiades.

Education & Professional History

Oberlin College, BA; Brown University, PhD.

At Carleton since 1990.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Teaching highlights: team-teaching with Ruth Weiner a course on production of Greek tragedy that was linked to the Players' production of Aeschylus' Oresteia in the spring of 2012 (see videos about the project here); reviving the Classical Mythology course structured for team-based learning; developing new electronic materials for the teaching of Ancient Greek; team-teaching a course with Sarah Jansen on philosophy and tragedy.

Most recent publication: Athens 415: A City in Crisis (University of Michigan 2020)

Under contract for University of Michigan: Remembering Evil: Athens 404

Under revision for Classical Journal: a study of friendship and shame in Terence's "Brothers"

You can read my Didaskalia review of Carleton alum Lee Conrads' production of "If We Were Birds" here.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Philological Association, now known as the Society for Classical Studies (Outreach Committee 2010-2013)

Classical Association of the Midwest and South (Vice President for the State of Minnesota)

Classical Association of Minnesota

Personal Interests

Courses Taught This Year

  • CLAS 116: Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance (Fall 2020)
  • CLAS 394: Senior Seminar (Fall 2020)
  • GRK 285: Weekly Greek (Fall 2020)
  • IDSC 150: Plague, War and Crisis: Reading Hobbes Reading Thucydides, Books 1-2: Plague and Democracy (Fall 2020)
  • GRK 204: Intermediate Greek Prose and Poetry (Winter 2021)
  • IDSC 151: Plague, War, Crisis: Reading Hobbes Reading Thucydides: Books 3-5 Revolt and Revolution (Winter 2021)
  • GRK 102: Intermediate Greek (Spring 2021)
  • IDSC 152: Plague, War, Crisis: Reading Hobbes Reading Thucydides: Books 6-8 Catastrophe and Coup (Spring 2021)
Profile updated May 4, 2020

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