The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things

Book - 2007
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Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness. He bases this on the atomic theory expounded by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and continues with an examination of sensation, sex, cosmology, meteorology, and geology, all of these subjects made more attractive by the poetry with which he illustrates them.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2007
ISBN: 9780140447965
0140447962
Branch Call Number: Poetry 871 Luc
Additional Contributors: Stallings, A. E. (Alicia Elsbeth), 1968-

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PimaLib_LizD May 04, 2015

After reading "The Swerve" by Stephen Greenblatt, I wanted to read the book he was discussing. I can't read Latin and this is one of three translations I attempted -- it is absolutely the best, mirroring both the content and the form of Lucretius's original words. As one of the books that apparently brought us The Enlightenment from the Dark Ages, it is fully relevant for criticial thinkers today.

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mariaf
Mar 04, 2009

A great poem to read.

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