Guibert’s Monodiae of 1115 responded to De rerum natura. Guibert supported Lucretius debunking gyno-idolatry, but parodied atomism with child incineration. … Read the post gyno-idolatry and atomism in medieval reception of De rerum natura
Jonathan Swift’s poems Cassinus and Peter and Strephon and Chloe comically instruct men in the folly of courtly love. They sadly were social failures. … Read the post Swift shows social failures of men’s literature & enlightenment
Book 4 of Lucretius’ De rerum natura urges men acting as slaves of love to swerve from dream vision to seeing the bodily reality of beloved women. … Read the post men desiring women must swerve from dream vision to bodily reality
While many fathers yearn to have grandchildren, fathers should encourage gender justice, not cuckolding as in a medieval Latin story from Poggio. … Read the post fathers for cuckolding: the problem of gender justice & grandchildren
Responding to Hebrew proverbs, Lucretius in De rerum natura figured eternal intimacy between woman and man as stone dissolved in drops of water. … Read the post Lucretius on how women can overcome men’s protective stone walls
While set in Catholic Austria, the Sound of Music through its nun-heroine Maria is more aligned with Epicurean thought than Christian thought. … Read the post does The Sound of Music echo Christian or Epicurean thought?