Reading Lucretius in the Renaissanceby Ada Palmer
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 is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago.
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Fascinating ideas about the recursive relationships between texts and their readers and perpetuators