On The Nature Of The Universe

Paperback | December 1, 1994

byJohn LucretiusTranslated byRonald LathamRevised byJohn Godwin

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A seminal text of Epicurean science and philosophy

With a new introduction and commentary and a revised translation, this edition acknowledges advances in textual research and also provides more background information for the reader. Epicurians discarded both the idea of immortality and the superstitious worship of wilful gods for a life of serene contentment in the available pleasures of nature. Lucretius (c100-c55BC), in elucidating this belief, steers the reader through an extraordinary breadth of subject matter, ranging from the indestructibility of atoms and the discovery of fire to the folly of romantic love and the phenomena of clouds and rainstorms.

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A seminal text of Epicurean science and philosophyWith a new introduction and commentary and a revised translation, this edition acknowledges advances in textual research and also provides more background information for the reader. Epicurians discarded both the idea of immortality and the superstitious worship of wilful gods for a lif...

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This edition of the classic poem and seminal text of Epicurean science and philosophy—which shaped human understanding of the world for centuries—brings new textual research and additional context to Lucretius’s explorations of spirit, mind, and soul.

Titus Lucretius Carus (who died c.50 BC) was an Epicurean poet writing in the middle years of the first century BC. His six-book Latin hexameter poem De rerum natura survives virtually intact, although it is disputed whether he lived to put the finishing touches to it. As well as being a pioneering figure in the history of philosophica...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140446109

ISBN - 13:9780140446104

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Table of Contents

On the Nature of the UniverseReviser's Preface
Introduction
Bibliography
ON THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE
Synopsis
Book One: Matter and SpaceBook Two: Movements and Shapes of Atoms
Book Three: Life and Mind
Book Four: Sensation and Sex
Book Five: Cosmology and Sociology
Book Six: Meteorology and Geology
Notes

Appendix A: The Prelude to the Poem
Appendix B: Memmius
Appendix C: Smallest Parts
Appendix D: The Text
Appendix E: The Ending of the Poem