- 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: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) (Philosophical Classics)
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"Ensolen has focused on the poet, translating the Latin hexameters into accented pentameter in order to capture the dynamics, rhythms, and syntax of the original. The results are both satisfying and readable. Ensolen includes an elegant introduction on Lucretius, as well as useful notes. A valuable contribution to students of literature as well as philosophy." -- Library Journal
"Ensolen has focused on the poet, translating the Latin hexameters into accented pentameter in order to capture the dynamics, rhythms, and syntax of the original. The results are both satisfying and readable. Ensolen includes an elegant introduction on Lucretius, as well as useful notes. A valuable contribution to students of literature as well as philosophy." -- Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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This is a fascinating and at times spellbinding philosophical poem from one of the great minds of ancient Rome. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mark Brower
I'm not going to write a book review here, just read it and understand that people have had great thoughts and understanding since well before any of us were born; thousands of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hubstermeister
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This book, discovered while reading Stephen Greenblatt's 'The Swerve', provided a vital element to Merlin's explanation of magic: 'whatever it is we magicians do, we cause that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ruby
A very accessible translation of the Lucretian world view. ExcellentPublished 3 months ago by Kenneth MacLean