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 The Nature of Things : Penguin Classics - Lucretius

The Nature of Things

Penguin Classics

By: Lucretius


Published: 13th September 2007
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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.

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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 philosophical poetry, Lucretius has come to be our primary source of information on Epicurean physics, the official topic of his poem.


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Quirky, but very interesting


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    I wasn't impressed with Lucretius' physics & astronomy but his comments on civilisation, religion & Epicureanism were intriguing. Marvellous translation with good notes.

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    One of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times -- Peter Stothard Times Literary Supplement A.E. Stallings's brilliant recent translation -- Eric Orrmsby Wall Street Journal

    The nature of thingsp. 1
    Matter and voidp. 3
    The dance of atomsp. 36
    Mortality and the soulp. 72
    The sensesp. 106
    Cosmos and civilizationp. 147
    Weather and the Earthp. 196
    Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780140447965
    ISBN-10: 0140447962
    Series: Penguin Classics
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 304
    Published: 13th September 2007
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.7
    Weight (kg): 0.22
    Edition Number: 1