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Titus Lucretius Carus was probably born in the early first century B.C., and died in the year 55. Little is known of his life, although two tantalizing bits of gossip were passed on by St. Jerome: that he was poisoned by a madness-inducing aphrodisiac given him by his wife, and that his great poem On the Nature of Things was posthumously edited by Cicero. For the latter assertion, writes Anthony Esolen in his introduction to the present volume, there is little evidence, and none whatsoever for the former.<P>What does survive is a masterful poetic work that stands as the greatest exposition of Epicurean philosophy. Writing in the waning days of the Roman Republic--as Rome's politics grew individualistic and treacherous, its high-life wanton, its piety introspective and morbid--Lucretius sets forth a rational and materialistic view of the world which offers a retreat into a quiet community of wisdom and friendship. <P>Even to modern readers, the sweep of Lucretius's observations is remarkable. A careful observer of nature, he writes with an innocent curiosity into how things are put together--from the oceans, lands, and stars to a mound of poppy seeds, from the "applause" of a rooster's wings to the human mind and soul. Yet Lucretius is no romantic. Nature is what it is--fascinating, purposeless, beautiful, deadly. Once we understand this, we free ourselves of superstitious fears, becoming as human and as godlike as we can be. The poem, then, is about the universe and how human beings ought to live in it. Epicurean physics and morality converge.<P>Until now, there has been no adequate English verse translation of Lucretius's work. Anthony Esolen fills that gap with a version thatreproduces--with remarkable faithfulness--the meaning, pace, and tone of the original Latin. <P>Here is a book that will introduce a new generation of readers to a thinker whose powers of observation and depth of insight remain fresh to the present day.<P>"Esolen has the rare gift

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 287) and index.

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ISBN:
9780801850554
Editor:
Esolen, Anthony M.
Translator:
Esolen, Anthony M.
Translator:
Esolen, Anthony M.
Editor:
Esolen, Anthony M.
Author:
Lucretius Carus, Titus
Author:
Esolen, Anthony M.
Author:
Lucretius
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Didactic poetry
Subject:
Didactic poetry, Latin
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient -- Poetry.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Series Volume:
no. L337
Publication Date:
19950631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
9.01x6.04x.74 in. .92 lbs.

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