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De Rerum Natura: The Nature of Things: A Poetic Translation (Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literature)

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This elegant new translation at last restores the poetry to one of the greatest and most influential poems in the Western tradition. De Rerum Natura is Lucretius's majestic elaboration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in an epic that unfolds over the course of six books. This sumptuous account of a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that pleasure is the object of life, and that humanity has free will, among other ideas. Renowned author, translator, and poet David R. Slavitt has captured Lucretius's elegance as well as his philosophical profundity in this highly readable translation of a poem that is crucial to the history of ancient thought.

Synopsis:

This elegant new translation at last restores the poetry to one of the greatest and most influential poems in the Western tradition. De Rerum Natura is Lucretius's majestic elaboration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in an epic that unfolds over the course of six books. This sumptuous account of a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that pleasure is the object of life, and that humanity has free will, among other ideas. Renowned author, translator, and poet David R. Slavitt has captured Lucretius's elegance as well as his philosophical profundity in this highly readable translation of a poem that is crucial to the history of ancient thought.

About the Author

David R. Slavitt is the author of more than eighty books of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and drama. His Propertius in Love is available from University of California Press.

Table of Contents

Translators foreword

the nature of things

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Book VI

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520255937
Author:
Lucretius Carus, Titus
Publisher:
University of California Press
Translator:
Slavitt, David R.
Translator:
Slavitt, David
Author:
Lucretius
Author:
Slavitt, David R.
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
Didactic poetry, Latin
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literature
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.26x5.52x.80 in. .78 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This elegant new translation at last restores the poetry to one of the greatest and most influential poems in the Western tradition. De Rerum Natura is Lucretius's majestic elaboration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in an epic that unfolds over the course of six books. This sumptuous account of a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that pleasure is the object of life, and that humanity has free will, among other ideas. Renowned author, translator, and poet David R. Slavitt has captured Lucretius's elegance as well as his philosophical profundity in this highly readable translation of a poem that is crucial to the history of ancient thought.
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