Lucretius and the Memes of Prehistory

Campbell, Gordon (2002) Lucretius and the Memes of Prehistory. Leeds International Classical Studies, Discussion Paper 1.

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This paper examine Lucretius' use of myth and poetry, focussing on the prehistory in DRN 5.925-1457, and advances the argument that Richard Dawkins' theory of memes or "viruses of the mind" may be a useful heuristic tool. Lucretius in his mission to combat superstition uses the infectious power of mythographic poetic topoi, which usually carry messages of religious falsehood, to vaccinate the reader's mind against superstition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Lucretius, Memes of prehistory
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
Item ID: 95
Depositing User: Suzanne Redmond Maloco
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2003
Journal or Publication Title: Leeds International Classical Studies, Discussion Paper 1
Refereed: Yes

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