Of the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Paperback)

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Of the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Paperback)

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Of the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura by Titus Lucretius Carus. A metrical translation by William Ellery Leonard. De rerum natura; On the Nature of Things, is a first-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius (c. 99 BC - c. 55 BC) with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience. The poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided into six untitled books, and explores Epicurean physics through poetic language and metaphors. Namely, Lucretius explores the principles of atomism; the nature of the mind and soul; explanations of sensation and thought; the development of the world and its phenomena; and explains a variety of celestial and terrestrial phenomena. The universe described in the poem operates according to these physical principles, guided by fortuna ("chance"), and not the divine intervention of the traditional Roman deities.
Product Details ISBN: 9781723151071
ISBN-10: 1723151076
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: July 16th, 2018
Pages: 420
Language: English