The Nature of Things

By A. E. Stallings; Richard Jenkyns (Translator); (Introduction by)
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780140447965, 336pp.)

Publication Date: December 18, 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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The seminal Epicurean text, in a brilliant new translation

The Epicureans of ancient Rome discarded the ideas of life after death and of an interventionist God in favor of the tactile pleasures of nature. In The Nature of Things, Lucretius celebrates with wit and sharp perception the extraordinary breadth of the Epicurean belief system, 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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