The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius

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Stuart Gillespie, Philip Hardie
Cambridge University Press, 18. 10. 2007
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Lucretius' didactic poem De rerum natura ('On the Nature of Things') is an impassioned and visionary presentation of the materialist philosophy of Epicurus, and one of the most powerful poetic texts of antiquity. After its rediscovery in 1417 it became a controversial and seminal work in successive phases of literary history, the history of science, and the Enlightenment. In this 2007 Cambridge Companion experts in the history of literature, philosophy and science discuss the poem in its ancient contexts and in its reception both as a literary text and as a vehicle for progressive ideas. The Companion is designed both as an accessible handbook for the general reader who wishes to learn about Lucretius, and as a series of stimulating essays for students of classical antiquity and its reception. It is completely accessible to the reader who has only read Lucretius in translation.

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This is a collection of 19 essays by different authors on Lucretius' poem De Rerum Natura - On the Nature of Things. Lucretius wrote the poem to teach the Romans the philosophy of the Greek Epicurus ... Čítať celú recenziu


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Strana 321 - All the living hold together, and all yield to the same tremendous push. The animal takes its stand on the plant, man bestrides animality, and the whole of humanity, in space and in time, is one immense army galloping beside and before and behind each of us in an overwhelming charge able to beat down every resistance and clear the most formidable obstacles, perhaps even death.
Strana 157 - It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore and to see ships tossed upon the sea ; a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below : but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth...
Strana 33 - O ye, who patiently explore The wreck of Herculanean lore, What rapture ! could ye seize Some Theban fragment, or unroll One precious, tender-hearted scroll Of pure Simonides. That were, indeed, a genuine birth Of poesy ; a bursting forth Of genius from the dust ! What Horace gloried to behold, What Maro loved, shall we unfold ? Can haughty Time be just ? ODE TO LYCORIS.
Strana 267 - Through the wrung bosom of the dying man, His wife,. his children, and his friends unseen. 310 In vain for him the officious Wife prepares The fire fair-blazing, and the vestment warm ; In vain his little Children, peeping out Into the mingling storm, demand their sire, With tears of artless innocence.
Strana 157 - ... so always that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling or pride. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
Strana 266 - For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn. Or busy housewife ply her evening care; No children run to lisp their sire's return, Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.
Strana 142 - While the Particles continue entire, they may compose Bodies of one and the same Nature and Texture in all Ages: But should they wear away, or break in pieces, the Nature of Things depending on them would be changed.
Strana 12 - Abyss to spy: He passed the flaming bounds of Place and Time : The living Throne, the sapphire-blaze Where Angels tremble while they gaze, He saw; but blasted with excess of light, Closed his eyes in endless night.
Strana 141 - All these things being considered, it seems probable to me that God in the beginning formed matter in solid, massy, hard, impenetrable, moveable particles, of such sizes and figures, and with such other properties and in such proportion to space as most conduced to the end for which he formed them...
Strana 141 - He formed them ; and that these primitive particles, being solids, are incomparably harder than any porous bodies compounded of them, even so very hard as never to wear or break in pieces — no ordinary power being able to divide what God himself made one in the first creation.

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Stuart Gillespie is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Philip Hardie is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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