The Nature of Things (English and Latin Edition)

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The Nature of Things is Lucretius’ Epicurean masterpiece, worry not about tomorrow, live for today. Fear not death and experience life here and now. Dangerous ideas when they were first composed, but the power of these words have helped shape modern science and our understanding of the universe. Lucretius was the first person to posit that the universe was infinite in both time and space.

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Based on the tenets of Epicurean philosophy, The Nature of Things sets forth a world view anticipating our own. All that exists is composed of atoms that united to form matter and dissipate with time. Even the soul is made up of atoms; however, there is no place in the Epicurean universe for the Roman gods, whose existence Lucretius refutes. Lucretius considers the fear of death to be the source of most human ills, and seeks to dispel it by demonstrating that the soul, like the body, dissolves painlessly into its constituent atoms after death. There is no afterlife, therefore no cause for fear.

About the Author:

Titus Lucretius Carus―Lucretius―was a Roman poet and philosopher (ca. 99 BC – ca. 55 BC). His only known work is an epic philosophical poem laying out the beliefs of Epicureanism, De rerum natura, translated into English as On the Nature of Things.

Frank O. Copley was a preeminent translator of Latin. His publications include Catallus: The Complete Poetry; Plautus: Menaechmi, Mostellaria, Rudens; Vergil: The Aeneid and Lucretius's On the Nature of Things.

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