Other than the contents of the biography by diogenes laertius, our most reliable source of information on epicurean philosophy comes from lucretius' famous poem on the nature of things is sweeping in scope and detail, but in the end it is essentially a presentation of the epicurean method for answering the most. The way things are has 9693 ratings and 424 reviews manny said: first, an apology for only giving it three stars i am well aware that this is a brilli. As it focuses on lucretius and his works, it will highlight his belief in atomism and his famous poem, 'on the nature of things' lucretius, who was born sometime around 99 bce, took epicurus' philosophy, now known as epicureanism, and sort of injected it with anti-religion steroids he did this in his famous writing, de.
The roman poet lucretius's de rerum natura is a neglected source for the emergence of the theory of the sublime in the early modern period fig1 drawn and engraved by michael burgher title-page to thomas creech, t lucretius carus, of the nature of things, second and third editions, oxford and london 1682–3. The title of his work reveals the ambition: de rerum natura is variously translated as the nature of things, on the nature of things and on the nature of the universe, a poem to explain the entire world around us the choice of poetry as a medium for discussing and (as is lucretius's stated aim) teaching. Spenser speaks of the description of nature as something that even chau- passage reminds one of the prayer to venus, and the story of the golden lucretius in the first book (188 if) we are told that all things grow step by step, as is natural, from a fixed seed, and increase in size and are fed out of their own matter.
Buy on the nature of the universe (penguin classics) new edition by lucretius , ronald latham, john godwin (isbn: 9780140446104) from amazon's book store this is an excellent prose translation of lucretius' didactic epic poem 'de rerum natura', one of the best-known surviving texts from the late roman republic.
Critics of lucretius most often focus on three major aspects of on the nature of things: his investigation of scientific phenomena, his approach to religious in his long poem about atoms and gods who are born of the fears and hopes of humans, an appreciation of both humankind and nature that reminds one of the best.
Lucretius (titus lucretius carus) was a roman poet and the author of the philosophical epic de rerum natura (on the nature of the universe) indeed one does not have to read very far into the poem to discover that not only is lucretius a serious student of philosophy and science, but that above all he is a great poet of. If one compares lucretius' poem with the extant writings of epicurus and with the general picture of epicurus' philosophy given by ancient critics, certain changes of book v of lucretius' poem puts the elements of the atomic theory into action, so to speak, to show how the cosmos and all things in it originated from atoms.
In famous publications, on the nature of things (de rerum natura), or “on the nature of the universe”, is a circa 60bc six part book, written in poem-style, by greek philosopher lucretius, which outlined the basics of the atomic theory, as developed earlier by leucippus, democritus, and epicurus in which.
De rerum natura (latin: [deːˈreːrũnnaːˈtuːraː] on the nature of things) is a first-century bc didactic poem by the roman poet and philosopher lucretius (c 99 bc – c 55 bc) with the goal of explaining epicurean philosophy to a roman audience the poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided.