Narratives of Virgin Sacrifice in Ancient and Renaissance Poetry on the Nature of the Universe

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:45am to 1:00pm

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This talk examines the question why narratives of virgin sacrifice feature prominently in didactic hexameter poems about the nature of the universe, specifically Lucretious's De rerum natura, Manilius's Astronomica, and Lorenzo Bonincontri's De rebus naturalibus et divinis II. The tragic and vivid accounts of the sacrifice of these maidens and the triumph of their respective heroes are programmatic and represent the symbolic ritual reenactment of the successful expurgation of society's evils according to the principles outlined in the poems.

Lunch will be provided.

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Event Location: 
Carpenter Room, 249 Rubenstein Library