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This chapter is based on a lecture given at the Italian - German Meeting of the club of oldest european universities (Coimbra Group ) held in Pavia in October, 1999. We discuss some of the problems and peculiarities of the computer simulation of liquid crystals and we briefly summarize the state of the art in the field, with an emphasis on molecular level, Gay-Berne type models.