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Patrick Russell, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Patrick Russell)
A very readable history of the fortuitous but world changing "encounter" of two complex figures (Lucretius & Poggio) at an important turning point in European history.
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R Mack , August 4, 2012 (view all comments by R Mack )
At a short distance the subject matter looks mighty dry but when brought up close by Professor Greenblatt it becomes fascinating. I highly recommend it to you while I go on to more books by Stephen Greenblatt. Respectfully submitted, Mack
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RWM, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by RWM)
This excellent book tells the story of how the book hunter Poggio Bracciolini located a copy of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things” in a German monastery. This book had been unavailable for over a thousand years. The details on how classical Greek and Roman texts were copied and preserved, book hunting, Bracciolini's fascinating life and the emergence of the Renaissance are presented in a compelling and interesting way, providing a window on a pivotal time in Western culture.
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lynncox, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by lynncox)
This book does what all great books do: it makes one think. A fascinating look at how thoughts and ideas can change the world.
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Cynica, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Cynica)
Fascinating account of the rediscovery of Lucretius' "De Rerum Natura", the best ancient summation of Epicurean philosophy, and the way the ideas it contained changed the world forever. It's amazing how much we owe to this work and the men who found and circulated it.
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ISBN:
9780393064476
Subtitle:
How the World Became Modern
Author:
Greenblatt, Stephen
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
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Publication Date:
20110926
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
368
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9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 368 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393064476 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this gloriously learned page-turner, both biography and intellectual history, Harvard Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt (Will in the World) turns his attention to the front end of the Renaissance as the origin of Western culture's foundation: the free questioning of truth. It hinges on the recovery of an ancient philosophical Latin text that had been neglected for a thousand years. In the winter of 1417 Italian oddball humanist, smutty humorist, and apostolic secretary Poggio Bracciolini stumbled on Lucretius' De rerum natura. In an obscure monastery in southern Germany lay the recovery of a philosophy free of superstition and dogma. Lucretius' 'On the Nature of Things' harked back to the mostly lost works of Greek philosophers known as atomists. Lucretius himself was essentially an Epicurean who saw the restrained seeking of pleasure as the highest good. Poggio's chance finding lay what Greenblatt, following Lucretius himself, terms a historic swerve of massive proportions, propagated by such seminal and often heretical truth tellers as Machiavelli, Giordano Bruno, and Montaigne. We even learn the history of the bookworm — a real entity and one of the enemies of ancient written-cultural transmission. Nearly 70 pages of notes and bibliography do nothing to spoil the fun of Greenblatt's marvelous tale. 16 pages of color illus. (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "In this outstandingly constructed assessment of the birth of philosophical modernity, renowned Shakespeare scholar Greenblatt deftly transports reader to the dawn of the Renaissance....Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible."
"Review" by , "In this gloriously learned page-turner, both biography and intellectual history, Harvard Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt turns his attention to the front end of the Renaissance as the origin of Western culture's foundation: the free questioning of truth."
"Synopsis" by , A riveting tale of the great cultural "swerve" known as the Renaissance.
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