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The Resource On the nature of things, Lucretius ; with an English translation by W.H.D. Rouse, (electronic resource)

On the nature of things, Lucretius ; with an English translation by W.H.D. Rouse, (electronic resource)

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On the nature of things
Title
On the nature of things
Statement of responsibility
Lucretius ; with an English translation by W.H.D. Rouse
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Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • lat
  • lat
  • eng
Summary
Lucretius lived ca. 99-ca. 55 BCE, but the details of his career are unknown. In his didactic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) he expounds Epicurean philosophy so as to dispel fear of the gods and death, and promote spiritual tranquility.
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Lucretius Carus, Titus
Language note
Text in Latin with English translation on facing pages
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1863-1950
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  • Rouse, W. H. D.
  • Smith, Martin Ferguson
Series statement
Loeb Classical Library
Series volume
181
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  • Didactic poetry, Latin
  • Philosophy, Ancient
Summary expansion
Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus) lived ca. 99-ca. 55 BCE, but the details of his career are unknown. He is the author of the great didactic poem in hexameters, De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things). In six books compounded of solid reasoning, brilliant imagination, and noble poetry, he expounds the scientific theories of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, with the aim of dispelling fear of the gods and fear of death and so enabling man to attain peace of mind and happiness. In Book 1 he establishes the general principles of the atomic system, refutes the views of rival physicists, and proves the infinity of the universe and of its two ultimate constituents, matter and void. In Book 2 he explains atomic movement, the variety of atomic shapes, and argues that the atoms lack colour, sensation, and other secondary qualities. In Book 3 he expounds the nature and composition of mind and spirit, proves their mortality, and argues that there is nothing to fear in death. Book 4 explains the nature of sensation and thought, and ends with an impressive account of sexual love. Book 5 describes the nature and formation of our world, astronomical phenomena, the beginnings of life on earth, and the development of civilization. In Book 6 the poet explains various atmospheric and terrestrial phenomena, including thunder, lightning, earthquakes, volcanoes, the magnet, and plagues. The work is distinguished by the fervour and poetry of the author
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general
Label
On the nature of things, Lucretius ; with an English translation by W.H.D. Rouse, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography and index
Control code
ssj0001418302
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unknown
Edition
  • New ed. /
  • revised by Martin F. Smith
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780674992009
Isbn Type
(print)
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001418302
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
On the nature of things, Lucretius ; with an English translation by W.H.D. Rouse, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography and index
Control code
ssj0001418302
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
  • New ed. /
  • revised by Martin F. Smith
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780674992009
Isbn Type
(print)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001418302
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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