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Loeb Classical Library #181: Lucretius: On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
Loeb Classical Library #181: Lucretius: On the Nature of Things

Rolyat Ekim, January 6, 2011

This is one of those books that everyone has heard of, but few have read. For those with a bit of Latin, this is the edition for you! Lucretius is very modern in his attitude towards reason based on observation as the proper path to knowledge, and in his opposition to superstition, though how far he included organized religion under that heading is doubtful. And yet, though he expounded the ideas of his master Epicurus well, he was not a systematic thinker on his own. For example, he never says plainly what he supposes the shape of the earth to be, and there are several indications that he thought it was flat. He held that the woman contributed equally with the man in the genetic (not his word) make-up of the child, and had other correct insights made without the benefit of scientific instruments invented much later. His poetry is fired by an almost religious zeal, and some place him on a level with Virgil in poetic power.
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