On the Nature of the Universe

On the Nature of the Universe

Written by: Lucretius
Introduction by: John Godwin
Translated by: Ronald Latham
Revised by: John Godwin
Notes by: John Godwin

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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140446104
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

A seminal text of Epicurean science and philosophy

With a new introduction and commentary and a revised translation, this edition acknowledges advances in textual research and also provides more background information for the reader. Epicurians discarded both the idea of immortality and the superstitious worship of wilful gods for a life of serene contentment in the available pleasures of nature. Lucretius (c100-c55BC), in elucidating this belief, steers the reader through an extraordinary breadth of subject matter, ranging from the indestructibility of atoms and the discovery of fire to the folly of romantic love and the phenomena of clouds and rainstorms.

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Table of Contents

On the Nature of the UniverseReviser’s Preface
Introduction
Bibliography
ON THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE
Synopsis
Book One: Matter and SpaceBook Two: Movements and Shapes of Atoms
Book Three: Life and Mind
Book Four: Sensation and Sex
Book Five: Cosmology and Sociology
Book Six: Meteorology and Geology
Notes

Appendix A: The Prelude to the Poem
Appendix B: Memmius
Appendix C: Smallest Parts
Appendix D: The Text
Appendix E: The Ending of the Poem

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