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Lucretius was born in 99 BC, and On the Nature of Things is his only surviving work. His aim was to free the Roman world from its two great terrors: the gods and death. Lucretius argues that the gods are not actively involved in life, so need not be appeased; and that death is the end of everything human - body and soul - and therefore should not be feared. But On the Nature of Things is also a poem of striking imagery, intimate natural observation and touching pathos. It is one of the most influential writings in Western thought.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eric | 2/14/2014

    " I love this ancient tome! as much as it's obviously dated, Luc's observations and discourse on friendship ring true for today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jesse Lopes | 2/1/2014

    " "True piety lies in the power to contemplate the universe with a quiet mind." This is a truth even C.S. Lewis, a sincere Christian, assented to, remarking that only the atheist can believe. So it is with Lucretius, whose poetry here anticipates many scientific discoveries, including several of Galileo's and Newton's, along with the general structure of atomic theory, although widely missing the mark in the theory of "films" (supposedly an explanation of what Locke would later call secondary substances). However, apart from the schooling in atomic physics and natural phenomena, the book's main task is to rid the reader of superstition, that is, to end the fear of the gods that causes our moral characters to sacrifice human happiness for some strange, quite illusory dream (depending upon your cultural location). Using "honeyed" words to allow the layman to swallow the "bitter draught" of Epicureanism, Lucretius weaves a deft tapestry, interspersing beautiful phrases with dry explanation, denouncing romance and religion as both stupid and insane, and strangely ending it all with a description of a horrifying plague. Lucretius logically notes that, since the earth had a birth, it will have a death; there is nothing eternal about our surroundings, so why do people infer that human beings are eternal? It's a very good question, but the answer is simple: fear. The question for our times is, will the enlightenment, based on Epicurean philosophy, that has advanced science thus far quash religious fear before it destroys us all in order to confirm its belief? I think so; in the meantime, this belongs on every scientific atheist's bookshelf, and for those believers wavering in delusion, pry your mind open just enough to appreciate the contents of this book - proof that science contains a philosophy and beauty more moral and aesthetically pleasing than any religious morality and concomitant artistic outgrowth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea | 1/31/2014

    " Fascinating; some parts are a little long-winded, but worth pushing through for the fascinating Epicurean philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by RK Byers | 1/20/2014

    " Lucretius is like a hitter that either homers or strikes out. "

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