The Nature of Things

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The Nature of Things

By Lucretius; A. E. Stallings (Translator); Richard Jenkyns (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140447965, 265pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

Lucretius' poem "On the Nature of Things" combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness. He bases this on the atomic theory expounded by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and continues with an examination of sensation, sex, cosmology, meteorology, and geology, all of these subjects made more attractive by the poetry with which he illustrates them.
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About the Author

Richard Jenkyns is emeritus professor of the classical tradition and the public orator at the University of Oxford. His books include Virgil's Experience and The Victorians and Ancient Greece. He lives in Oxford, England.