Lucretius' didactic poem De rerum natura ('On the character of Things') is an impassioned and visionary presentation of the materialist philosophy of Epicurus, and the most strong poetic texts of antiquity. After its rediscovery in 1417 it grew to become a debatable and seminal paintings in successive stages of literary heritage, the heritage of technological know-how, and the Enlightenment. during this 2007 Cambridge significant other specialists within the heritage of literature, philosophy and technology talk about the poem in its historical contexts and in its reception either as a literary textual content and as a motor vehicle for revolutionary principles. The better half is designed either as an available instruction manual for the final reader who needs to benefit approximately Lucretius, and as a sequence of stimulating essays for college kids of classical antiquity and its reception. it's thoroughly available to the reader who has in basic terms learn Lucretius in translation.
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