Inspiring Conversations with David Goodhew

September 19, 2018

Inspiring Conversations began last night with a captivating talk from the Head, David Goodhew.

Parents, Latymerians and School staff filled the Recital Hall to hear his lecture, “The poetry and philosophy of Lucretius: life, love, death and atomic physics”, a subject close to the speaker’s heart. 

David, who graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in Classics, examined the intellectual and political life of the late Roman republic through the poetry of Lucretius. Remarkably little is known of Lucretius’ life, but his philosophical epic De Rerum Natura (“On the Nature of the Universe”), a six-book poem of roughly 7,500 lines, remains highly influential. David’s analysis of his mastery of metaphor illustrated why Lucretius’ work was ahead of its time and a reference point to successive Roman poets, including Virgil and Ovid. He also examined the contribution of recent archaeological discoveries at Herculaneum to our appreciation of Lucretius.

Upon fielding questions from the audience, David invited guests to continue the conversation over drinks and nibbles. In closing Rebecca Osborne, Appeals Manager, thanked all for attending who, by purchasing a ticket, had donated to the Inspiring Minds campaign.

This lecture was the first in the Inspiring Conversations series. The next instalment takes place on Wednesday 3rd October with author, environmentalist and Latymerian Jonathan Drori CBE (Class of 1979) whose talk is inspired by his latest book, Around the World in 80 Trees.