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The Nature of Things
By Titus Lucretius Carus, Richard Jenkyns (introduced by) and A. E. Stallings (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date December 18, 2007
Pages 336
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140447965
ISBN-10 0140447962
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $16.00
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Summary
A poem that 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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The acclaimed new translation of the classic poem at the heart of Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve

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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