In 1721, Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu, published a novel called The Persian Letters. Cast as a series of letters, it tells the story of two Persian travelers in their voyage from Persia to Paris. Today, the novel has kept its vitality, and continues to entertain 21st century readers.

This talk suggests that one of the book’s most important messages is the focus on political virtue. In an age of often-brutish political behavior, the Persian Letters offers us both a cautionary tale about tyranny—and perhaps a way of recapturing the essence of political virtue in our own time.

This talk is free and open to the public.

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