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Michael Wigodsky


Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Princeton 1964

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Please note that Prof. Wigodsky passed away on May 9, 2014.

Wigodsky’s research on the interpretation of the Herculaneum papyri and other Epicurean texts operates at the intersection of philology and the history of philosophy. Methodologically, it continues his earlier interest in the intertextuality of fragmentary texts (early Latin poetry; Epicurus and Philodemus) with complete ones (the Aeneid; Plato and Aristotle). It also grows out of his interest in the reception of Hellenistic and earlier philosophical ideas in Latin poetry (Lucretius, Vergil, Horace). Current projects include articles on Epicurus’ theory of language, his theology, and his classification of pleasures and desires and its ethical consequences. 

Principal publications:
Vergil and Early Latin Poetry (1972)
“Horace’s Miser (S. 1 1 108) and Aristotelian Self-Love,” Symbolae Osloenses (1980)
“The Alleged Impossibility of Philosophical Poetry,” in Obbink, ed., Philodemus and
   Poetry (1995)
“Emotions and Immortality in Philodemus On the Gods 3 and the Aeneid,” in Armstrong   
   et al., eds., Vergil, Philodemus, and the Augustans (2004)
Homoiotētes, Stoicheia and Homoiomereiai in Epicurus,” Classical Quarterly (2007)
“Horace and (not necessarily) Neoptolemus. The Ars Poetica and Hellenistic 

   Controversies,” Cronache Ercolanesi (2009)