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Well written, very very interesting and well researched.
Most interesting to me was the Epicurean origins of Lucretius' idea, and the systematic suppression of the work by the Roman Catholic Church.
Much of the book is concerned with Poggio's life and times, which were very long for the period and rich and full of incident.
Stephen Greenblatt, a Humanities professor at Harvard University, was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction for this work, which tells the tale of Poggio... Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. P. Cotta Jr.
This books drags through the topics presented. Too much time is spent on information of little interest. It wasn't all bad, some of the points were of interest. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Pearl
Extraordinarily intelligent, thoughtful book. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand better how we got to where we are as a culture.Published 6 days ago by Mike
Makes you realize how dangerously close we were to losing many ancient works. Yet hope for new discoveries endures with the continuing excavations at HerculaeumPublished 11 days ago by Michael Boyajian
Really great book for me, a person who knows a little history, and wants to explore a lot more after reading!Published 21 days ago by Gayle Smith
Anyone who is interested in books will be fascinated by this journey of a discovery through time. I was and I followed up with reading Lucretius and Montaigne and confronting the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Wilfrid Dubé