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On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) (Philosophical Classics) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0486434469 ISBN-10: 048643446X

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048643446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486434469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Englert's translation of the poem is indeed accurate and readable. He knows the poem as thoroughly as he knows the scholarship that bears on it… an admirable translation, admirably supported by scholarly tools.

-- W.R. Johnson, University of Chicag

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By weston on May 28, 2012
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"On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius. A translation by Frank Copley of the famous Latin poem, written by Lucretius, who lived circa 95-50 B.C., setting forth the atomistic philosophy of Epicureus 340-270 B.C. The poem was lost with the collapse of the Roman empire and only came to light again in 1417 when a copy of a copy of a copy...was found in a German monastery by a discharged papal secretary--see "The Swerve".
Astoundingly, much of this poem is consistent with scientific models today---invisible and minute atoms forever moving in a void under internal and external forces, joining together in various ways to form the visible objects of the world. The atoms themselves were eternal but the bodies came to an end and the atoms recycled into other bodies so that the mass of the world remains constant. He got it wrong about the speed of " heat atoms" being faster than the speed of "light atoms", but by and large this is the atomic theory of Maxwell and Boltzmann and later physicists, without the math of course.
While not denying the existence of gods of various sorts,Lucretias' view was that the universe goes on without their aid or attention. The world as we know it was brought into being and maintained by natural forces and follows natural laws, not in any degree by divine intervention. Since the world is a conglomerate of atoms and void, it is impermanent and must someday inevitably be destroyed, including the soul upon death. Seeing things thusly, there is no room for the afterlife, no need for gods major or minor, no reason to despair of death, and certainly no reason to forgo the pleasures of this world for a reward in the afterlife. What we see in this life is all there is and we should enjoy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ARTURO GALEANO on March 29, 2013
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It has always facinated me how we as humams come to a point in our lives, if we are lucky, where it occurs to us NEW thoughts, new realizations, brand new ways to see and experience our lifes. How is it that we think the way we think and not another way? Why does it occur to others, the great thinkers, that they can change the way they think and completely change the life experience?
This is one of this original thinkers book. Can you change your life experience? Sure, you can!
Good luck!!!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Chanley on October 21, 2011
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I wondered if I would find this 2000 year old poem relevant to my 21st century life. It is. On The Nature of Things is almost a reference book of everyday subjects from pain, harmony, love, touch, taste and free will. It also goes on the broader subjects such as life, rain, atoms, religion, earth and the universe. The outline of the poem gives you a broad idea of what Lucretius is talking about, and the index lets you quickly find his thoughts on any given subject. I find that I pick up the book when I'm thinking about something, and I wonder what Lucretius has to say about it. I would suggest this book to any independant thinker.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 13, 2011
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On the Nature of Things is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of the only surviving work of the Roman philosopher Lucretius, born in 99 BC. In "On the Nature of Things", Lucretius sought to liberate his fellow Romans from their fear of the gods, and their fear of death. Lucretius argued that the gods are not directly involved in life, and therefore there is no need to appease them; he also argued that death is the end of a human being's body and soul, and therefore there is no point in fearing it. An unforgettable amalgamation of insight, now in a new English translation by Ian Johnston and intuitively performed by theater, film, and television actor Hugh Ross, On the Nature of Things deserves the highest recommendation especially for public and college library collections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gilles on December 8, 2012
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Like all of the Focus Philosophical Library series books, Englert's translation is clear and accurate. One of, if not the best translations of this brilliant masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on December 16, 2013
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Buyer Beware this version. It lacks: 1) 'annotation' as advertised - it is not annotated; 2) table of contents; 3) index; 4) references about the edition; 5) information about the translator and translation.

Too bad it's badly produced as the translation itself is nicely accessible.

UPDATE:

Based on the 'preview' the version above appears to be a knock-off of the version cited below ($2.99 on Amazon)...

"Concerning the Nature of Things - De Rerum Natura [Kindle Edition]
Lucretius Carus (Author), William Leonard (Translator)"

...which has a linked table-of-contents although I do not see 'annotation.' I have yet to buy this version so cannot say if the end material in the version reviewed also appears in the $2.99 version.

Caveat Emptor!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zane Rodriguez on September 9, 2012
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A mind-opening experience to say the least! Our first reading of Lucretius after being introduced to it by The Swerve has had a dramatic impact on our lives and personal philosophy. We find ourselves quoting passages already when we find interested listeners. Oh, where has this poem been and why has it not been part and parcel of our "education"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on July 20, 2013
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Walter Englert is a humanities professor at my college so it was fun to read this work while having him teach us about it. Lucretius was definitely on of the most profound authors we read in the course.
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