A Reading of Lucretius De Rerum Natura

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A Reading of Lucretius  De Rerum Natura

A Reading of Lucretius De Rerum Natura

This book offers a comprehensive commentary on Lucretius' De Rerum Natura, the earliest surviving full scale epic poem from ancient Rome.

Approaches to Lucretius

Takes stock of existing approaches in the interpretation of Lucretius, innovates within these, and advances in new directions.

Approaches to Lucretius

Approaches to Lucretius

Takes stock of existing approaches in the interpretation of Lucretius, innovates within these, and advances in new directions.

On the Nature of Things

Here is a book that will introduce a new generation of readers to a thinker whose powers of observation and depth of insight remain fresh to the present day. "Esolen has the rare gift of being both a fine poet and a lover of languages.

On the Nature of Things

On the Nature of Things

Titus Lucretius Carus was probably born in the early first century B.C., and died in the year 55. Little is known of his life, although two tantalizing bits of gossip were passed on by St. Jerome: that he was poisoned by a madness-inducing aphrodisiac given him by his wife, and that his great poem On the Nature of Things was posthumously edited by Cicero. For the latter assertion, writes Anthony Esolen in his introduction to the present volume, there is little evidence, and none whatsoever for the former. What does survive is a masterful poetic work that stands as the greatest exposition of Epicurean philosophy. Writing in the waning days of the Roman Republic—as Rome's politics grew individualistic and treacherous, its high-life wanton, its piety introspective and morbid—Lucretius sets forth a rational and materialistic view of the world which offers a retreat into a quiet community of wisdom and friendship. Even to modern readers, the sweep of Lucretius's observations is remarkable. A careful observer of nature, he writes with an innocent curiosity into how things are put together—from the oceans, lands, and stars to a mound of poppy seeds, from the "applause" of a rooster's wings to the human mind and soul. Yet Lucretius is no romantic. Nature is what it is—fascinating,purposeless, beautiful, deadly. Once we understand this, we free ourselves of superstitious fears, becoming as human and as godlike as we can be. The poem, then, is about the universe and how human beings ought to live in it. Epicurean physics and morality converge. Until now, there has been no adequate English verse translation of Lucretius's work. Anthony Esolen fills that gap with a version that reproduces—with remarkable faithfulness—the meaning, pace, and tone of the original Latin. Here is a book that will introduce a new generation of readers to a thinker whose powers of observation and depth of insight remain fresh to the present day. "Esolen has the rare gift of being both a fine poet and a lover of languages. His diction is poetic and natural; he has a fine ear for sound, and the translation benefits greatly from being read aloud—as Latin poetry was meant to be. This translation is clear and forceful. It can, and will, be read."—Kenneth J. Reckford, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

A Commentary on Lucretius De Rerum Natura

This is the first commentary to take account of the remarkable discoveries and re-evaluations in the field of Hellenistic philosophy over the past thirty years, which have been stimulated by the publication of many more Epicurean fragments ...

A Commentary on Lucretius De Rerum Natura

A Commentary on Lucretius De Rerum Natura

This is the first commentary on Lucretius' theory of atomic motion, one of the most difficult and technical parts of De rerum natura. The late Don Fowler sets new standards for Lucretian studies in his awesome command both of the ancient literary, philological, and philosophical background to this Latin Epicurean poem, and of the relevant modern scholarship.

The Early Textual History of Lucretius De rerum natura

It is clear from the work of White (1980, 1 18—26) that Nonius probably worked from lists compiled from his sources, which introduced an intermediary between his reading Lucretius and recording quotations in De compendiosa doctrina, ...

The Early Textual History of Lucretius  De rerum natura

The Early Textual History of Lucretius De rerum natura

This is the first detailed analysis of the fate of Lucretius' De rerum natura from its composition in the 50s BC to the creation of our earliest extant manuscripts during the Carolingian Age. Close investigation of the knowledge of Lucretius' poem among writers throughout the Roman and medieval world allows fresh insight into the work's readership and reception, and a clear assessment of the indirect tradition's value for editing the poem. The first extended analysis of the 170+ subject headings (capitula) that intersperse the text reveals the close engagement of its Roman readers. A fresh inspection and assignation of marginal hands in the poem's most important manuscript (the Oblongus) provides new evidence about the work of Carolingian correctors and offers the basis for a new Lucretian stemma codicum. Further clarification of the interrelationship of Lucretius' Renaissance manuscripts gives additional evidence of the poem's reception and circulation in fifteenth-century Italy.

Puns and Poetry in Lucretius De Rerum Natura

Puns and Poetry in Lucretius  De Rerum Natura

Puns and Poetry in Lucretius De Rerum Natura


Voluptuous Philosophy

reading in which matter stops working as an active principle in the formation of enlightened subjects.12 By the end of the century, the concurrent production of several French translations of De rerum natura implies that Lucretius's ...

Voluptuous Philosophy

Voluptuous Philosophy

Eighteenth-century France witnessed the rise of matter itself - in forms ranging from atoms to anatomies - as a privileged object of study. Voluptuous Philosophy redefines what is at stake in the emergence of an enlightened secular materialism by showing how questions of figure - how should a body be represented? What should the effects of this representation be on readers? - are tellingly and consistently located at the very heart of 18th-century debates about the nature of material substance. French materialisms of the Enlightenment are crucially invested not only in the development of a sophisticated theoretical apparatus around the notion of matter but in the production of specific relationships between readers and the "matter" of the texts that they consume. How, the book asks, did the period's fascination with a markedly immaterial and ephemeral event - the reading of works of fiction - come to coincide with what appears to be a gradual materialization of human subjects: men and women who increasingly manage to envision themselves transfigured, as the century wears on, into machines, animals, and even, in the work of the Marquis de Sade, tables and chairs? In what way did the spread of new philosophies of matter depend upon the ability of readers to perceive certain figures of speech as literally and immediately true - to imagine themselves as fully material bodies even as they found themselves most deeply compelled by disembodied literary forms? More broadly, in what sense does the act of reading literature alter and transfigure our perceptions of what is, and can be, real? Voluptuous Philosophy articulates the gradual coming into being of literature as a distinct arena of textual production with the rise of an enlightened reader who remains abstracted from the bodily symptoms that any given piece of writing may induce in him. The very definition of "the literary" as an autonomous field, this book suggests, may, ironically, be dependent upon the simultaneous construction of a material world that remains fully immune to its effects.

Dynamic Reading

14 For Epicurean anti-teleology, see, e.g., Lucretius De Rerum Natura 2.1052–57, Long and Sedley ( 1987 ) 1: 57–65; 2: 54–64. 15 For Nepos's knowledge of Lucretius, see Cornelius Nepos Atticus 12.4, which mentions the death of the poets ...

Dynamic Reading

Dynamic Reading

Dynamic Reading examines the reception history of Epicureanism in the West, focusing in particular on the ways in which it has provided conceptual tools for defining how we read and respond to texts, art, and the world more generally.

Opuscula Selecta

Opuscula Selecta

Opuscula Selecta


Lucretius

reading. Translations Three recent translations include On the Nature of the Universe by Ronald Latham in the Penguin ... Lucretius de rerum natura I, edited with an introduction, commentary and vocabulary by P. Michael Brown (Bristol, ...

Lucretius

Lucretius

An exciting series that provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of extracts from its key texts. What is the world made of? How can we be happy? What happens after death? Drawing on the philosophical teachings of Epicurus, Lucretius seeks to answer these and other big questions in his masterful poem 'On the nature of things'. This book offers a selection of key passages from the poem. In addition it gives students insight into its artistic inventiveness, provides a cultural and historical frame of reference, and offers access to the Epicurean philosophy underlying the poem.

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