Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance

Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance

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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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
Pages: 414
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Contents List of Tables and Figures Preface 1. Religion Trampled Underfoot: Epicurus, Atomism, Atheism, and Skepticism in the Renaissance 2. Unchristian Opinion: Lucretius’s First Renaissance Readers 3. Between Fits of Madness: Ancient References and Proto-Biographies 4. The Lofty Madness of Wise Lucretius: The Renaissance Biographies 5. The Poverty of the Language: The Lucretian Print Tradition Conclusion: Deceived but Not Betrayed Appendix A: Lucretius Manuscripts Appendix B: Capitula Appendix C: Lucretius Editions Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

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