My main goal is to understand epicurean philosophy, though of course it would be nice if it sounded good too. The internet classics archive on the nature of things by. How the world became modern norton, a new book by cogan university professor and noted shakespeare scholar stephen greenblatt, to be published in september. Lucretius, on the nature of things loeb classical library. Anthony esolen fills that gap with a version that reproduceswith remarkable faithfulnessthe. This work is licensed under a creative commons attributionsharealike 3. Part of the boston studies in the philosophy of science book series bsps. The translation and reprint of this great article is, in my opinion, the single.
Book i book ii book iii book iv book v book vi card. The poem was lost during the middle ages, rediscovered in 1417, and first printed in 1473. The improbable story of how it reemerged, and how the mindset it advocated informs our present, is the subject of the swerve. The title of lucretiuss work translates that of the chief work of epicurus, peri physeos on nature. Little is known of his life, although two tantalizing bits of gossip were passed on by st.
To watch anothers labouring anguish far, not that we. I care about clarity and ease of reading more than accuracy or aesthetics. Now available in paperback, this annotated scholarly edition of the latin text ofde rerum naturahas long been hailed as one of the finest. Lucretius use and avoidance of greek the british academy. Lucretius regarded him as the spiritual savior of mankind. Until now, there has been no adequate english verse translation of lucretiuss work. On the nature of things work by lucretius britannica. Its earliest published translation into any language french did not occur until 1650. For this edition, professor smith provides a revised translation, new introduction, headnotes and bibliography. On the nature of things lucretius, martin ferguson smith. Namely, lucretius explores the principles of atomism. A comparison of baumanns book with other medieval encyclopaedic works has been.
Epicureanism was a missionary philospohy, aiming to give man happiness by making him selfsufficient. This sumptuous account of a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that pleasure is the object of life, and. Lucretius, lucretius and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. On the nature of things is a firstcentury bc didactic poem by the roman poet and philosopher lucretius c. 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. Study science in order to rid yourself of unneccesary fears, especially of the gods and death. Chronologically this is the eighth printed edition of the text and the first edited by venetian poet, orator, and scholar andrea navagero 14831529, who was also the soninlaw of aldus manutius. On the nature of the universe is a didactic epic poem. What keeps the mind itself from having necessity within it in all actions, and from being as it were mastered and forced to endure and to suffer, is the minute swerving of the firstbeginnings at no fixed place and at no fixed time. The poem, written in dactylic hexameter, is divided into six books, and concentrates heavily on epicurean physics. Michael brown, bristol classical press, bristol 1984. On the nature of things by lucretius, part of the internet classics archive.
Proem tis sweet, when, down the mighty main, the winds roll up its waste of waters, from the land to watch anothers labouring anguish far, not that we joyously delight that man should thus be smitten, but because tis sweet. Drawing upon this materialist philosophy, lucretius cites the fear of death as the cause of mans ills, and shows the way to freedom from that fear. But of course i admire lucretius and his predecessor, epicurus and his predecessor because he really buckled down and looked out at the world, and inside himself, and showed in his logic the possible fortitude of the human mind. The latin text of lucretius latin and english edition by lucretius, william ellery leonard, et al. Readers will share our excitement in the discovery of this accurate and fluent prose rendering. Introduction to lucretius on the nature of things cyril baley o. Mother of aeneas and his race, darling of men and venus, aid me in my work gods, nurturing venus, a who beneath the smoothmoving heavenly signs fill with yourself the sea fullladen with ships, the earth that bears the crops, since through you every kind of living thing is conceived and rising up looks on the light of the sun.361 555 1148 95 831 475 845 1230 1470 57 21 1007 1074 1034 1513 532 671 364 1053 1238 1402 163 424 1532 537 871 1395 1000 1279 1043 468 1064 1212 265 773 1013 438 274 761 354 259 736 919 77 1357 1297 1351