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Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
     

Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance

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by Ada Palmer
 

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Ada Palmer explores how Renaissance poets and philologists, not scientists, rescued Lucretius and his atomism theory. This heterodoxy circulated in the premodern world, not on the conspicuous stage of heresy trials and public debates but in the classrooms, libraries, studies, and bookshops where quiet scholars met transformative ideas.

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Ada Palmer explores how Renaissance poets and philologists, not scientists, rescued Lucretius and his atomism theory. This heterodoxy circulated in the premodern world, not on the conspicuous stage of heresy trials and public debates but in the classrooms, libraries, studies, and bookshops where quiet scholars met transformative ideas.

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Brian Copenhaver
The great atomist poet has finally attracted the attention that students of modern culture should have given him long ago. Seeing so much new and innovative work on offer, readers with questions about Lucretius in the Renaissance will take Ada Palmer’s book as the new standard: Reading Lucretius is our best guide to a thinker whose ideas lit the flames of modernity.
Walter Isaacson
This is a brilliant scholarly work that is deeply relevant to today. In exploring the influence of Lucretius on the Renaissance, Ada Palmer shows how the modern world became open to the ramifications of mechanical science. More broadly, her book is a fascinating look at how ideas ripple and spread.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674967083
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/13/2014
Series:
I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
8 MB

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Ada Palmer is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

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Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating ideas about the recursive relationships between texts and their readers and perpetuators