The Nature of Things

by Titus Lucretius Carus, Richard Jenkyns

The Nature of Things Synopsis

Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness. He bases this on the atomic theory expounded by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and continues with an examination of sensation, sex, cosmology, meteorology, and geology, all of these subjects made more attractive by the poetry with which he illustrates them.

The Nature of Things Press Reviews

One of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times -- Peter Stothard * Times Literary Supplement * A.E. Stallings's brilliant recent translation -- Eric Orrmsby * Wall Street Journal *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140447965
Publication date: 26th July 2007
Author: Titus Lucretius Carus, Richard Jenkyns
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

About Titus Lucretius Carus, Richard Jenkyns

Titus Lucretius Carus (who died c.50 BC) was an Epicurean poet writing in the middle years of the first century BC. His six-book Latin hexameter poem De rerum natura survives virtually intact, although it is disputed whether he lived to put the finishing touches to it. As well as being a pioneering figure in the history of philosophical poetry, Lucretius has come to be our primary source of information on Epicurean physics, the official topic of his poem. A. E. Stallings was born in 1968. She grew up in Decatur, GA, and was educated at the University of Georgia and Oxford ...

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