On the Nature of Things / Edition 2

On the Nature of Things / Edition 2

by Lucretius
     
 

ISBN-10: 0872205886

ISBN-13: 9780872205888

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.

Titus Lucretius Carus was probably born in the early first century B.C., and he died in the year 55. Writing in the waning days of the Roman Republic - as Rome's politics grew individualistic and treacherous, its high-life wanton, its piety introspective and morbid - Lucretius sets forth a rational and materialistic view of the world which offers a retreat into a…  See more details below

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Titus Lucretius Carus was probably born in the early first century B.C., and he died in the year 55. Writing in the waning days of the Roman Republic - as Rome's politics grew individualistic and treacherous, its high-life wanton, its piety introspective and morbid - Lucretius sets forth a rational and materialistic view of the world which offers a retreat into a quiet community of wisdom and friendship. Even to modern readers, the sweep of Lucretius's observations is remarkable. A careful observer of nature, he writes with an innocent curiosity into how things are put together - from the oceans, lands, and stars to a mound of poppy seeds, from the "applause" of a rooster's wings to the human mind and soul. Yet Lucretius is no romantic. Nature is what it is - fascinating, purposeless, beautiful, deadly. Once we understand this, we free ourselves of superstitious fears, becoming as human and as godlike as we can be. The poem, then, is about the universe and how human beings ought to live in it. Epicurean physics and morality converge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872205888
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Hackett Classics Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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