This is a good book. Those who wish to give second and third-year college students of Latin a good sampling of the De rerum natura, would do well to give this text their consideration. Following in the tradition of other learning texts offered by Bolchazy-Carducci, Catto's book offers the student not only a full sampling of the poem, but also an abundance of notes, vocabulary, and, perhaps most noteworthy of all, a florilegium of relevant passages selected from classical and non-classical authors that bear upon the particular Luretian passages to which they are attached. It is this combination of features which makes the book worthy of serious examination by anyone who intends to introduce students to Lucretius and his important poem. --C. A. Hoffman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Those who teach Lucretius to undergraduates as I have may find themselves wishing as I did for a volume of excerpts that provides the student with linguistic and intellectual aids for translating and comprehending this difficult but magnificent Roman poet without the spoon feeding that vitiates so many heavily annotated school texts. They need look no further than this book, a thoughtful edition of key selections from the poet prepared by Bonnie Catto.
Bonnie Catto's seventeen-page introduction is... a treasure trove for the teacher.
The passages are so chosen that the student has a comprehensive sampler of both Lucretian purple passages as well as the more technical passages of philosophical and scientific exegesis.
I wish that it had been available when I taught Lucretius, and I wish more ancient authors were so splendidly served. --Richard Moorton, Connecticut College, New England Classical Journal
Original Language: Latin