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Republics and Revolutions (Fall 2022)

Republics and Revolutions is a dinner reading group for young professionals in the Bay Area.

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Republics and Revolutions (Fall 2022)
Republics and Revolutions (Fall 2022)

Time & Location

Nov 10, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST

Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

About the Event

"Republics and Revolutions" is a dinner reading group for students and professionals in the Bay Area that meets 1-2 times per month. The reading group aims to introduce the political history of Greek and Roman democracies and republics to those who may not have had the opportunity to study these topics before. Our particular focus is on the causes of republican decline and fall, and how they were replaced by despotic or imperial regimes. Participants will read ancient and modern authors who seek to understand why these democracies and republics fell, and who apply this understanding to their own political situations.

Discussions will normally be led by Nathan Pinkoski, though other instructors will occasionally lead sessions.

For the Fall quarter, we shall read this edition of Montesquieu's Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline. Please purchase a copy and bring it to our meetings. We shall meet on the following Thursdays. Dinner is provided by the Zephyr Institute, and participants are encouraged to bring drinks to share.

  1. November 10th, 6:30-8 p.m. (Reading Assignment: Introduction and I-VII
  2. November 17th, 6:30-8 p.m. (Reading Assignment: VIII-XIV)
  3. December 1st, 6:30-8 p.m. (Reading Assignment: XV-XXIII)


This event has been made possible by a generous grant from the Apgar Foundation.

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