The Nature Of Things

Paperback | December 18, 2007

byH LucretiusTranslated byA. E. StallingsIntroduction byRichard Jenkyns

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The acclaimed new translation of the classic poem at the heart of Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve

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.

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The acclaimed new translation of the classic poem at the heart of Stephen Greenblatt’s The SwerveLucretius' 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 ...

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 philosophic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780140447965

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