• Katharina Volk, Heyman Center Fellow 2018 - 2019
  • Gareth Williams
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

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