New PDF release: The nature of things

By Titus Lucretius Carus

ISBN-10: 0393064263

ISBN-13: 9780393064261

ISBN-10: 0393090949

ISBN-13: 9780393090949

The epic poem that modified the process human proposal forever.

This nice poem stands with Virgil's Aeneid as probably the most and enduring achievements of Latin literature. misplaced for greater than one thousand years, its go back to movement in 1417 reintroduced harmful rules in regards to the nature and which means of lifestyles and contributed to shaping the trendy international

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Further, no matter how fast the streams of air should flow, the total space could not be filled at once: the air would occupy the void by steps, successively, till the whole was filled. 390 But if, when plates have leaped apart, someone should think this happens when air is self-compressed, he’s wrong, for this makes void what was not void, and makes fullness of what was void before. 9 Therefore, despite your hesitance and evasions, you must admit that there is void in things. And I can give you proof on top of proof 400 to bolster up your faith in what I say.

Here and there, the emphases appear to be different; Lucretius makes much of the fear of death, in fact attributes most human ills to it. Epicurus laid far less stress on this human phenomenon and its consequences. Lucretius is violent and bitter in his hatred of religion—by which, of course, he meant the standard state cult of his day. He saw it as an ignorant, perverted, and vicious distortion of the world and of man’s relation to it; in the end, it was only a source of fear and terror, and as such an evil thing.

In other words, the soul is a thing like every other thing; it is contained within the body as within a vessel. It guides and directs the activities of the body and of itself; it receives and interprets sense impressions and, in sum, is the one atomic compound that gives the power of life. Intimately connected with the body, as it must be if it is to carry out its various functions, delicate and tenuous, it cannot exist outside the body, and when the body dies, the soul of necessity dies with it.

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