La polemica antiscettica nel IV libro di Lucrezio. Un’eco antiochea?

  • Chiara Rover, CR Università di Roma “La Sapienza”


This contribution suggests the hypothesis of a rather late dating, in the context of the Epicurean tradition, of the anti-sceptical dispute conducted by Lucretius in the fourth book of his poem (spec. vv. 469-521). To this end, some parallels between the Lucretian polemic and the position that Cicero, in the Lucullus, attributes to Lucullus, spokesman of Antiochus of Ascalon (135/130-68 BC), will be examined. The assonance between the  controversy conducted by Lucullus against academic scepticism and the arguments outlined in the fourth book of De rerum natura, together with the elements of Stoicism ascribed to Antiochus’ “syncretism”, testify to how Lucretius’ verses could be the result of a comparison with various “endemic” instances of the philosophical temperament of the years in which their author lived and wrote.


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Author Biography

Chiara Rover, CR, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

Chiara Rover è Dottoranda in Filosofia (XXXIII ciclo) presso l’Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. Il titolo della ricerca è L’epistemologia in Lucrezio.

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