Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science

Hardcover | June 16, 2013

EditorDaryn Lehoux, A. D. Morrison, Alison Sharrock

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Lucretius' didactic masterpiece De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) is one of the most brilliant and powerful poems in the Latin language, a passionate attempt at dispelling humanity's fear of death and its enslavement by false beliefs about the gods, and a detailed exposition ofEpicurean atomist physics. For centuries, it has raised the question of whether it is primarily a poem or primarily a philosophical treatise, which also presents scientific doctrine. The current volume seeks to unite the three disciplinary aspects - poetry, philosophy, and science - in order tooffer a holistic response to an important monument in cultural history.With ten original essays and an analytical introduction, the volume aims not only to combine different approaches within single covers, but to offer responses to the poem by experts from all three scholarly backgrounds. Philosophers and scholars of ancient science look closely at the artisticplacement of individual words, while literary critics explore ethical matters and the contribution of Lucretius' poetry to the argument of the poem. Topics covered include death and grief, evolution and the cosmos, ethics and politics, perception, and epistemology.

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Lucretius' didactic masterpiece De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) is one of the most brilliant and powerful poems in the Latin language, a passionate attempt at dispelling humanity's fear of death and its enslavement by false beliefs about the gods, and a detailed exposition ofEpicurean atomist physics. For centuries, it has ra...

Daryn Lehoux is Professor of Classics at Queen's University. He is the author of Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World (2007) and What Did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking (2012). A. D. Morrison is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Manchester. He is the author of The Narrator in A...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContentsPrefaceAlison Sharrock: Introduction1. Monica R. Gale: Piety, labour, and justice in Lucretius and Hesiod2. Duncan F. Kennedy: The political epistemology of infinity3. R. J. Hankison: Lucretius, Epicurus, and the Logic of Multiple Explanations4. Monte Ransome Johnson: Nature, spontaneity, and voluntary action in Lucretius5. Daryn Lehoux: Seeing and unseeing, seen and unseen6. Brooke Holmes: The poetic logic of negative exceptionalism in Lucretius, book five7. David Konstan: Lucretius and the Epicurean attitude toward grief8. Nil igitur mors est ad nosa Iphianassa, the Athenian plague, and Epicurean views of death9. Myrto Garani: Lucretius and Ovid on Empedoclean cows and sheep10. K. M. Earnshaw: (First-)Beginnings and (never-)endings in Lucan and LucretiusBilbiographyIndex