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Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus) lived ca. 99–ca. 55 BCE, but the details of his career are unknown. He is the author of the great didactic poem in hexameters, De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things). In six books compounded of solid reasoning, brilliant imagination, and noble poetry, he expounds the scientific theories of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, with the aim of dispelling fear of the gods and fear of death and so enabling man to attain peace of mind and happiness.

In Book 1 he establishes the general principles of the atomic system, refutes the views of rival physicists, and proves the infinity of the universe and of its two ultimate constituents, matter and void. In Book 2 he explains atomic movement, the variety of atomic shapes, and argues that the atoms lack colour, sensation, and other secondary qualities. In Book 3 he expounds the nature and composition of mind and spirit, proves their mortality, and argues that there is nothing to fear in death. Book 4 explains the nature of sensation and thought, and ends with an impressive account of sexual love. Book 5 describes the nature and formation of our world, astronomical phenomena, the beginnings of life on earth, and the development of civilization. In Book 6 the poet explains various atmospheric and terrestrial phenomena, including thunder, lightning, earthquakes, volcanoes, the magnet, and plagues.

The work is distinguished by the fervour and poetry of the author.

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In his didactic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) Lucretius (c. 99–c. 55 BCE) expounds Epicurean philosophy so as to dispel fear of the gods and death, and promote spiritual tranquility. Revising Rouse’s translation in 1975, Smith added full explanatory notes and a substantial Introduction.

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Lucretius lived ca. 99-ca. 55 BCE, but the details of his career are unknown. In his didactic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) he expounds Epicurean philosophy so as to dispel fear of the gods and death, and promote spiritual tranquility.

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Lucretius's great poetical account of Epicurean philosophy aims at promoting spiritual tranquility, in part by dispelling fear of death. Revising Rouse's translation in 1975, Smith added full explanatory notes and a substantial Introduction.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Life and Personality of Lucretius

The Philosophy

Mission and Poetry

The Manuscripts

Selective Bibliography

Conspectus Siglorum

On The Nature Of Things


Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4

Book 5

Book 6

Index

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Rolyat Ekim, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by Rolyat Ekim)
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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ISBN:
9780674992009
Other:
Lucretius Carus, Titus
Other:
Smith, Martin Ferguson
Author:
Lucretius
Author:
Smith, Martin F.
Author:
Lucretius Carus, Titus
Author:
Rouse, W. H. D.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
Roman Literature
Subject:
Didactic poetry
Subject:
Didactic poetry, Latin
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. 2nd ed.
Edition Description:
Rev. 2nd ed., reprinted with revisions.
Series:
Loeb Classical Library
Series Volume:
0181
Publication Date:
January 1924
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Index
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
6 x 4 x 1 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In his didactic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) Lucretius (c. 99–c. 55 BCE) expounds Epicurean philosophy so as to dispel fear of the gods and death, and promote spiritual tranquility. Revising Rouse’s translation in 1975, Smith added full explanatory notes and a substantial Introduction.
"Synopsis" by , Lucretius lived ca. 99-ca. 55 BCE, but the details of his career are unknown. In his didactic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) he expounds Epicurean philosophy so as to dispel fear of the gods and death, and promote spiritual tranquility.
"Synopsis" by , Lucretius's great poetical account of Epicurean philosophy aims at promoting spiritual tranquility, in part by dispelling fear of death. Revising Rouse's translation in 1975, Smith added full explanatory notes and a substantial Introduction.
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