Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom

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This book studies the structure and origins of De Rerum Natura (On the nature of things), the great first-century BC poem by Lucretius. By showing how he worked from the literary model set by the Greek poet Empedocles but under the philosophical inspiration of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, the book seeks to characterise Lucretius' unique poetic achivement. It is addressed to those interested both in Latin poetry and in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy.
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Overview

This book studies the structure and origins of De Rerum Natura (On the nature of things), the great first-century BC poem by Lucretius. By showing how he worked from the literary model set by the Greek poet Empedocles but under the philosophical inspiration of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, the book seeks to characterise Lucretius' unique poetic achivement. It is addressed to those interested both in Latin poetry and in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy.
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"...full of convincing individual arguments, and well worth reading." Classical World

"David Sedley has done perhaps more than anyone elsse in recent years in showing the closeness of the relationship between Lucretius and Empedocles, and especially how Empedocles' Physics provides Lucretius with his main poetic model." Gordon Campbell, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"...Sedley's book is a great success, and forces the reader to rethink major questions about Lucretius' work." Phoenix

"...one of the most exciting and engaging books on Lucretius that I have read. It is clearly and elegantly written and Sedley is careful to assess other points of view." Apeiron

"Simply, a beautiful book: bold in its claims, meticulous and compelling in its argumentation...it should be of interest to students of Latin poetry and ancient philosophy alike, and it reads like a good detective novel." Ancient Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521542142
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The Empedoclean opening 1
2 Two languages, two worlds 35
3 Lucretius the fundamentalist 62
4 Epicurus, On nature 94
5 Lucretius' plan and its execution 134
6 The imprint of Theophrastus 166
7 The transformation of book I 186
Epilogue 203
Bibliography 205
Index locorum 217
General index 228
Index of modern scholars 232
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