Ovidius Philosophus

Friday, March 29, 2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019 Schermerhorn Hall, Room 612


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


Katharina Volk, Heyman Center Fellow 2018 - 2019

Gareth Williams

An international conference on philosophy in Ovid and Ovid as a philosopher.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, The Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the University Seminar in Classical Civilization.

For more information, please contact Katharina Volk ([email protected]) or Gareth Williams ([email protected]).


Friday, March 29th

10:00-10:15am                         Introduction (Katharina Volk and Gareth Williams)

10:15am-12:30pm                    Session 1

10:15-11:00am                         Francesca Romano Berno (Università di Roma, La Sapienza)

                                                Ovidius sapiens: The Learned Man in Ovid's Work

11:00-11:45am                         Gareth Williams (Columbia University)

                                                The End(s) of Philosophy in Tomis: Empedoclean Traces in Ovid's

                                                Exilic Poetry

11:45am-12:30pm                    Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)

                                                Elegy, Tragedy, and the Choice of Ovid (Amores 3.1)


12:30-2:00pm                           Lunch break


2:00-4:15pm                            Session 2

2:00-2:45pm                            Roy Gibson (Durham University)

                                                Ovid's Amatory Poetry and the Hedonic Calculus

2:45-3:30pm                            Erin Hanses (Pennsylvania State University)

                                                Criticizing Love's Critic: Epicurean parrhesia as an Instructional Mode

                                                in Ovidian Love Elegy

3:30-4:15pm                            Katharina Volk (Columbia University)

                                                Ovid's Art of Life


4:15-4:45pm                            Coffee break


4:45-6:15pm                            Session 3

4:45-5:30pm                            Del Maticic (New York University)

                                                The Makeup of the World: The Ars Amatoria and Ovid's

                                                Theory of Kosmos

5:30-6:15pm                            Alison Keith (University of Toronto)

                                                Labor and pestis in Ovid's Metamorphoses


6:15pm                                    Reception


Saturday, March 30th

10:15am-12:30pm                    Session 4

10:15-11:00am                         Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester)

                                                Intimations of Mortality: Ovid and the End(s) of the World

11:00-11:45am                         Peter Kelly (University of Oregon)

                                                Cognitive and Textual Imprints: The Wax-Metaphor in Ovid's Speech of

                                                Pythagoras and Plato's Theaetetus

11:45am-12:30pm                    Charles Ham (Grand Valley State University)

                                                Calliope in Metamorphoses 5 (341-661): An Empedocleo-Lucretian Muse


12:30-2:00                               Lunch break


2:00-4:15pm                            Session 5

2:00-2:45pm                            Darcy Krasne (Columbia University)

                                                Some Say the World Will End in Fire: Philosophizing Phaethon and the Memnonides in Ovid and His Readers

2:45-3:30pm                            Sara Myers (University of Virginia)

                                                Ovid against the Elements: Natural Philosophy, Paradoxography, and

                                                Ethnography in Ovid’s Exile Poetry

3:30-4:15pm                            Donncha O'Rourke (University of Edinburgh)

                                                Akrasia and Agency in Ovidian Elegy


4:15-4:45pm                            Coffee break


4:45-6:15pm                            Session 6

4:45-5:30pm                            Myrto Garani (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

                                                Keep up the Good Work: (Don't) Do it like Ovid (Sen. Nat. Quaest.


5:30-6:15pm                            Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)

                                                Philosophizing Reincarnations of Ovid: Lucan to Alexander Pope


6:15pm                                    Reception



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