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By Monica R. Gale

ISBN-10: 0199260346

ISBN-13: 9780199260348

This publication gathers jointly the most vital and influential scholarly articles of the final sixty to seventy years (three of that are translated into English right here for the 1st time) at the Roman poet Lucretius. Lucretius' philosophical epic, the De Rerum Natura or On the character of the Universe (c.55 BC), seeks to persuade its reader of the validity of the rationalist theories of the Hellenistic philosopher Epicurus. The articles accrued during this quantity discover Lucretius' poetic and argumentative procedure from quite a few views, and likewise think about the poem when it comes to its philosophical and literary milieux, and to the values and beliefs of latest Roman society. All quotations in Latin or Greek are translated.

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And, Wnally, the reality of the universe and the philosophy that discloses it have been discovered only recently, and I myself have been discovered, among the Wrst, who is capable of expressing it in Latin. 66, 75–7): atque omne immensum peragrauit mente animoque, unde refert nobis uictor quid possit oriri, quid nequeat . . In his mind’s eye he traversed all of inWnity and as a conqueror brought back knowledge of what can come into being and what cannot . . Both Lucretius and Epicurus made their way through an inWnite universe which is deWned only by strict laws and a method (cf.

And, Wnally, the reality of the universe and the philosophy that discloses it have been discovered only recently, and I myself have been discovered, among the Wrst, who is capable of expressing it in Latin. 66, 75–7): atque omne immensum peragrauit mente animoque, unde refert nobis uictor quid possit oriri, quid nequeat . . In his mind’s eye he traversed all of inWnity and as a conqueror brought back knowledge of what can come into being and what cannot . . Both Lucretius and Epicurus made their way through an inWnite universe which is deWned only by strict laws and a method (cf.

And he was the Wrst and last poet to expound his great theme in poetry. And thus Lucretius is permitted to speak of himself—ego. 7 Helicon rises in Boeotia; Mt Pieria, on the Macedonian side of Olympus. In Lucretius’ references to poetry there seems to be a distinction between Helicon and Pieria, and possibly an opposition. 1, 21). Their song is Lucretius’ song. But Helicon is a mountain frequented by other poets. 130–5). 547). 786–7). By contrast Lucretius traverses the trackless reaches of Pieria alone.

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