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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucretius Narrator: Hugh Ross Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 RK Byers | 1/20/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2014

    " Versified philosophy isn't poetry--it's versified philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/11/2014

    " It's interesting to read how 2,000 years ago, a philosopher hit on a bunch of thoughts about how the world works by simple observation. Sure, he got a lot wrong, but it's impressive none the less. Oh yeah, and if there's any of you out there still believing in the ancient Greek gods, he totally demystifies them! ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergio Serrano | 1/2/2014

    " I read David R. Slavitt's translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stark | 11/14/2013

    " wait til they fall asleep then softly, gently work the Bible from their grip, and place this inside "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/28/2013

    " I read this in Dr. C. Wayne Tucker's Roman Literature in Translation course my sophomore year of Hampden-Sydney. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 4/22/2013

    " The existence of atom theory during Roman times amazes me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristan Anne | 3/26/2013

    " Read this for school. I will be writing a paper comparing this to St. Augustine's "Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sage Doleman-Glad | 5/15/2012

    " I took my time with this book, diligently munching it all around its sides. The Loeb Classical Library editions have hard red covers that make for enjoyable chewings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 11/2/2011

    " Because more people should discuss their physics in poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey Jackson | 9/29/2011

    " I don't even believe in the content, but it is so gorgeously delivered that I could hardly give it less than three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/12/2011

    " Needed to catch up on my classic philosophy reading. I must say this is as some points tedious, but probably reveals Epicurean philosophy better than reading Epicurus himself. I think I would be comfortable calling my self as "Lucretian" in philosophical bent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oneflwover | 5/9/2011

    " One thing rises from another - it will never cease.
    No one is given life to own; we hold but a lease. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/27/2011

    " For a jolly read, I recommend the end of Book 4, on the evils of love. Promiscuous sex is fine, but as for love, "Be on your guard beforehand, as I have advised, and take care you are not enmeshed!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/14/2010

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

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