On the Nature of the Universe

On the Nature of the Universe

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by Lucretius
     
 

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A seminal text of Epicurean science and philosophy

With a new introduction and commentary and a revised translation, this edition acknowledges advances in textual research and also provides more background information for the reader. Epicurians discarded both the idea of immortality and the superstitious worship of wilful gods for a life of serene

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A seminal text of Epicurean science and philosophy

With a new introduction and commentary and a revised translation, this edition acknowledges advances in textual research and also provides more background information for the reader. Epicurians discarded both the idea of immortality and the superstitious worship of wilful gods for a life of serene contentment in the available pleasures of nature. Lucretius (c100-c55BC), in elucidating this belief, steers the reader through an extraordinary breadth of subject matter, ranging from the indestructibility of atoms and the discovery of fire to the folly of romantic love and the phenomena of clouds and rainstorms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140446104
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
437,941
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Titus Lucretius Carus (who died c.50 BC) was an Epicurean poet writing in the middle years of the first century BC. His six-book Latin hexameter poem De rerum natura survives virtually intact, although it is disputed whether he lived to put the finishing touches to it. As well as being a pioneering figure in the history of philosophical poetry, Lucretius has come to be our primary source of information on Epicurean physics, the official topic of his poem.

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Every now and then you pick up a book that, well, changes you, inspires you, lifts you up. This is such a book.