Ovidius Philosophus

Friday, March 29, 2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019  9:30am 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

from 9:30            Coffee and pastries


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


10:15am-12:30pm        Session 1 (Chair: Katharina Volk)


10:15-11:00am            Francesca Romana 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 (Chair: Matthew McGowan)


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 (Darcy Krasne)


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 in the Stronach Center, Schermerhorn 8th floor


Saturday, March 30th


from 9:45am            Coffee and pastries


10:15am-12:30pm        Session 4 (Chair: Alessandro Barchiesi)


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 (Chair: James Zetzel)


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 (Chair: Gareth Williams)


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 in the Stronach Center, Schermerhorn 8th floor



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