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Martin Ferguson Smith's work on Lucretius is both well known and highly regarded. However, his 1969 translation of De Rerum Natura—long out of print—is virtually unknown. Readers will share our excitement in the discovery of this accurate and fluent prose rendering. For this edition, Professor Smith provides a revised translation, new Introduction, headnotes and bibliography.
Author Biography: Martin Ferguson Smith is Prof. of Classics Emeritus, Univ. of Durham, United Kingdom. Among his scholarly achievements are his revisions of the Rouse translation of De Rerum Natura for the Loeb Classical Library.
Posted February 2, 2011
Good grief! Whatever happened to proofreading something before submitting it? This looks like someone put the book through character recognition software and failed to check that the results were actual words and maybe ,I don't know, formatted. Example: Sometimes words with double "l's" are shown with a "U" instead. 'Allot' is 'AUot'. I feel like I am translating hieroglyphics sometimes. I realize that the book was free, but still! If you are going to do a job, take pride in the results or don't waste your time and the victims (err readers.)
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Posted December 1, 2013
This is not the translation by Martin Ferguson Smith as stated in the description. From the sample provided, it is the standard public domain translation by William Ellery Leonard. Do not be fooled.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.