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Lucretius' didactic masterpiece De Rerum Natura (On the character of Things) is without doubt one of the so much exceptional and robust poems within the Latin language, a passionate try out at dispelling humanity's worry of loss of life and its enslavement through fake ideals concerning the gods, and an in depth exposition of Epicurean atomist physics. for hundreds of years, it has raised the query of if it is basically a poem or basically a philosophical treatise, which additionally provides medical doctrine. the present quantity seeks to unite the 3 disciplinary elements -- poetry, philosophy, and technological know-how -- so one can provide a holistic reaction to a major monument in cultural history.

With ten unique essays and an analytical advent, the quantity goals not just to mix varied methods inside unmarried covers, yet to supply responses to the poem by way of specialists from all 3 scholarly backgrounds. Philosophers and students of historical technology glance heavily on the inventive placement of person phrases, whereas literary critics discover moral concerns and the contribution of Lucretius' poetry to the argument of the poem. themes lined contain loss of life and grief, evolution and the cosmos, ethics and politics, notion, and epistemology.

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