College Latin Course In English

Paperback | May 10, 2012

byWilliam Cleaver Wilkinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ...And overhead we hear the branching trees That shade us, whisper; and for food we bring Only the country's simple luxuries. Ah, sweet is this, and sweetest in the spring, When the sun goes through all the balmy hours, And all the green earth's lap is filled with flowers! The love of nature thus exemplified from Lucretius maybe said to constitute in him almost a characteristic trait. Virgil might conceivably have written his descriptions from pictures of what he describes. Lucretius could not have written his descriptions otherwise than directly from nature herself. But we should fail to make readers appreciate the relation in which these gleams of poetry shown stand to the general tenor of the text that contains them, if we did not at the same time exhibit at least a specimen or two of the scientific discussions and explanations composing the main tissue of Lucretius's work. Our poet-philosopher applies his atomic theory to explain the origin and reason of different tastes to the palate. The different tastes are due to the different shapes of the atoms of which the sapid substances consist. Lucretius (according to Mr. Munro): The liquids honey and milk excite a pleasant sensation of tongue when held in the mouth; but, on the other hand, the nauseous nature of wormwood and of harsh centaury writhes the mouth with a noisome flavor; so that you may easily see that the things which are able to affect the senses pleasantly, consist of smooth and round elements; while all those, on the other hand, which are found to be bitter and harsh, are held in connexion by particles that are more hooked and for this reason are wont to tear open passages into our senses, and in entering in to break through the body. Lucretius blithely undertakes to tell a great secret of the u...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ...And overhead we hear the branching trees That shade us, whisper; and for food we bring Only the country's simple luxuries. Ah, s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217816746

ISBN - 13:9780217816748

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