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OVIDIVS PHILOSOPHVS: An International Conference on Philosophy in Ovid and Ovid as a Philosopher

  • Columbia University 612 Schermerhorn Hall New York, NY (map)

Conference Program

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 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 (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 (Chair: 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

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. 3.27-30)

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

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

For more information, please contact Katharina Volk ( or Gareth Wlliams (

Earlier Event: March 28
University Seminar: Roy Gibson (Oxford)
Later Event: April 4
Euripides' Herakles