De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things): A Poetic Translation / Edition 1

De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things): A Poetic Translation / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0520255933
ISBN-13:
9780520255937
Pub. Date:
08/06/2008
Publisher:
University of California Press

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De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things): A Poetic Translation / Edition 1


This elegant new translation at last restores the poetry to one of the greatest and most influential poems in the Western tradition. De Rerum Natura is Lucretius's majestic elaboration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in an epic that unfolds over the course of six books. This sumptuous account of a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that pleasure is the object of life, and that humanity has free will, among other ideas. Renowned author, translator, and poet David R. Slavitt has captured Lucretius's elegance as well as his philosophical profundity in this highly readable translation of a poem that is crucial to the history of ancient thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520255937
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/06/2008
Series: The Joan Palevsky Imprint in Classical Literature Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 820,827
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Translator’s foreword
the nature of things
Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI

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