This book club will begin with a discussion of Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, followed by a docent-led tour of the Museum's Renaissance art galleries. The Swerve is an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.
About The Swerve
Nearly 600 years ago, an unemployed papal secretary discovered the last surviving copy of Lucretius' 1st century, didactic poem, On the Nature of Things. This Roman poem explains Epicurean philosophy, and beautifully outlines what at the time were considered dangerous ideas, such as: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions. Outlining the ways this poem caused the world to swerve in a new direction, influencing thinkers, philosophers, and inventors, from the Renaissance forward, The Swerve is a thrilling testament to the power of the written word.
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Reservations recommended. Contact Tess Crump or call 619.696.1941 to RSVP.