In the second of the Humanities Council’s 2020-2021 Old Dominion lecture series, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Director of the University Center for Human Values and Old Dominion Research Professor Melissa Lane presented a talk on her current research project “Lycurgus, Solon, Charondas…Figuring the Legislator in Platonic Political Thought and its Aftermath.”
According to Lane, the project explores the figuration of the ancient Greek legislator by Plato and his successors, not as a revolutionary inventor as moderns such as Rousseau would have it, but as a bricoleur working with existing laws.
The lecture provided an opportunity for Lane to present and discuss her research in preparation for the six lectures she will deliver in 2022-2023 as the Isaiah Berlin Lecturer at Oxford University.
Lane is one of four Old Dominion Research Professors appointed by the Humanities Council for the 2020-2021 academic year. Old Dominion Research Professors are appointed annually by the Humanities Council to provide faculty additional research time and resources to engage with humanities communities more widely.