By Lee Fratantuono

ISBN-10: 1498511546

ISBN-13: 9781498511544

ISBN-10: 1498511562

ISBN-13: 9781498511568

Lucretius’ philosophical epic De Rerum Natura (On the character of Things) is a long didactic and narrative get together of the universe and, specifically, the area of nature and construction during which humanity reveals its domicile. This earliest surviving complete scale epic poem from historic Rome used to be of sizeable impression and importance to the advance of the Latin epic culture, and maintains to problem and hang-out its readers to the current day. A studying of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura bargains a finished remark in this nice paintings of Roman poetry and philosophy. Lee Fratantuono unearths Lucretius to be a poet with deep and abiding curiosity within the nature of the Roman id because the teenagers of either Venus (through Aeneas) and Mars (through Romulus); the results (both optimistic and adverse) of descent from the immortal powers of affection and warfare are explored in shiny epic narrative, because the poet progresses from his invocation to the mummy of the kids of Aeneas via to the burning funeral pyres of the plague at Athens. Lucretius’ epic bargains the potential of serenity and peaceable mirrored image at the mysteries of the character of the realm, while it shatters any desire of immortality via its bleak imaginative and prescient of post mortem oblivion. And within the means of defining what it capability either to be human and Roman, Lucretius deals a scary imaginative and prescient of the perils of over the top devotion either to the gods and our fellow males, a remark at the nature of pietas that might function a caution for Virgil in his later depiction of the Trojan Aeneas.

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