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Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written.

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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    9780140447965

    September 13, 2007

    Penguin Classics

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • The Nature Of Things
    Lucretius

    EBook

    9780141915371

    September 13, 2007

    Penguin eBooks

    336 pages

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  • Hardback

    9780141396903

    March 25, 2015

    Penguin Classics

    480 pages

    RRP $22.99

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