Northwestern University

Fri 12:00 PM

Weeping Heraclitus and Laughing Democritus

When: Friday, February 16, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, 2351, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Alison Witt-Janssen   847.491.7597

Group: Department of Classics

Category: Academic


Glenn Most, University of Chicago, will present “Weeping Heraclitus and Laughing Democritus,” as part of the Classical Receptions Workshop.

The opposition between weeping Heraclitus and laughing Democritus is a commonplace of Renaissance, especially Dutch, paintings and etchings, and also appears in the literature and philosophy of the period. Where does this opposition come from, how did it arise, and what does it mean?

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