NYU to Host “Lucretius and Modernity”—Oct. 26-28


NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies and Department of Comparative Literature will host “Lucretius and Modernity,” a three-day conference exploring the impact of the Roman poet and philosopher two millennia after his death, October 26-28.

New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies and Department of Comparative Literature will host “Lucretius and Modernity,” a three-day conference exploring the impact of the Roman poet and philosopher two millennia after his death, October 26-28 at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102 (100 Washington Square East/enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place [wheelchair accessible]).

The conference, the 2011 Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.8790 or e-mail liza.blake@nyu.edu. Subway Lines:  6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street); N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

Presentations include: “How Modern is the Problem of the Freedom of Will?” (Phillip Mitsis, NYU, October 27, 9:30 a.m.); “Lucretius and Renaissance Hexameral Epic” (Philip Hardie, Trinity College, Cambridge, October 27, 4 p.m.); and “The Aleatory: Lucretius and Some Modern Authors” (Yves-Charles Zarka, Université de Paris-Descartes/Sorbonne, October 28, 10:45 a.m.). Catherine Wilson of the University of Aberdeen will deliver the keynote address, “Lucretius and the Speculative Sciences of Origins” (October 26, 5 p.m.). For a complete schedule of sessions and list of speakers, click here.

The event is supported by the NYU Humanities Initiative, the Fund for Classics and the Contemporary World of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Medieval and Renaissance Center, the Program in Poetics and Theory, and NYU’s Departments of Classics, English, French, and Philosophy.

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