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Synopsis: One of the greatest poems in Latin literature dealing with nature and the meaning of our existence.
About the Author:
Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99 BC – c. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. His only known work is the epic philosophical poem De rerum natura about the beliefs of Epicureanism, and which is translated into English as On the Nature of Things or "On the Nature of the Universe".
Virtually nothing is known about the life of Lucretius. Jerome tells how he was driven mad by a love potion and wrote his poetry between fits of insanity, eventually committing suicide in middle age; but modern scholarship suggests this account was probably an invention. The De rerum natura was a considerable influence on the Augustan poets, particularly Virgil (in his Aeneid and Georgics, and to a lesser extent in his Eclogues) and Horace. It virtually disappeared during the Middle Ages, but was rediscovered in a monastery in Germany in 1417, by Poggio Bracciolini, and played an important role both in the development of atomism (Lucretius was an important influence on Pierre Gassendi) and the efforts of various figures of the Enlightenment era to construct a new Christian humanism.
De Rerum Natura - Of the Nature of Things
His poem De Rerum Natura (usually translated as "On the Nature of Things" or "On the Nature of the Universe") transmits the ideas of Epicureanism, which includes Atomism, and psychology. Lucretius was the first writer to introduce Roman readers to Epicurean philosophy. The poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided into six untitled books, and explores Epicurean physics through richly poetic language and metaphors. Lucretius presents the principles of atomism; the nature of the mind and soul; explanations of sensation and thought; the development of the world and its phenomena; and explains a variety of celestial and terrestrial phenomena. The universe described in the poem operates according to these physical principles, guided by fortuna, "chance", and not the divine intervention of the traditional Roman deities.
Title: Of the Nature of Things
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 190 pages. 9.00x0.43x6.00 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1479317322
Book Description Lokis Publishing, Seattle, WA, 2012. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Wraps. First Thus. First Thus PB edition w/ new Metrical Translation by William Ellery Leonard. Fine. Unpaginated, approx. 1/2" thick. Does not look like stock photo. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 019590
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