Michael Lurie

Assistant Professor of Classics

My work is concerned with Greek and Roman literature and thought, from Homer to late antiquity, and their reception in the intellectual history of Europe.

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My current project looks at traditions of pessimism in Greek pre-Platonic literature and philosophy and the central, yet strangely neglected role the notion of 'Greek pessimism' plays in Burckhardt’s and Nietzsche’s anti-modernist interpretations of Greek culture. 

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Dr. phil. University of Berne (Switzerland)
lic. phil. University of Berne (Switzerland)

Selected Publications

Der schiffbrüchige Odysseus oder: Wie Arkesilaos zum Skeptiker wurde. Zu Timon von Phleius fr. 806 SH (32 D), Philologus (2014) 183–186

‘Facing up to tragedy: Toward an intellectual history of Sophocles in Europe from Camerarius to Nietzsche’, in: The Blackwell Companion to Sophocles, ed. K. Ormand (Oxford 2012) 440–461

Die Suche nach der Schuld. Sophokles’ Oedipus Rex, Aristoteles’ Poetik und das Tragödienverständnis der Neuzeit (München/Leipzig: Teubner 2004; repr. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter 2013)