Michael Lurie

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Classics

My work is concerned with Greek and Roman literature and thought, from Homer to late antiquity, and their reception in modern intellectual history.  My current projects include a book on 'Greek pessimism' — a complex set of ideas about the nature of the world and human life that plays a important role in Greek pre-Platonic literature and thought — and its role in the iconoclastic interpretations of Greek culture advanced in the 1870s by Jacob Burckhardt and Friedrich Nietzsche as well as a study in the intellectual history of Greek pre-Platonic theology from the Renaissance to the late 19th century.  

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319 Reed Hall
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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)