Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science

Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science

Edited by Daryn Lehoux , Edited by A.D. Morrison , Edited by Alison Sharrock

US$134.99

Free delivery worldwide

Available
Dispatched in 2 business days

When will my order arrive?

Lucretius' didactic masterpiece De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) is one of the most brilliant and powerful poems in the Latin language, a passionate attempt at dispelling humanity's fear of death and its enslavement by false beliefs about the gods, and a detailed exposition of Epicurean atomist physics. For centuries, it has raised the question of whether it is primarily a poem or primarily a philosophical treatise, which also presents scientific doctrine. The current volume seeks to unite the three disciplinary aspects - poetry, philosophy, and science - in order to offer a holistic response to an important monument in cultural history. With ten original essays and an analytical introduction, the volume aims not only to combine different approaches within single covers, but to offer responses to the poem by experts from all three scholarly backgrounds. Philosophers and scholars of ancient science look closely at the artistic placement of individual words, while literary critics explore ethical matters and the contribution of Lucretius' poetry to the argument of the poem. Topics covered include death and grief, evolution and the cosmos, ethics and politics, perception, and epistemology.

show more
  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 146 x 218 x 30mm | 539.99g
  • 12 Jul 2013
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 0199605408
  • 9780199605408
  • 1,623,405

Other books in this category

Other people who viewed this bought:

Author Information

Alison Sharrock is Professor of Classics at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Seduction and Repetition in Ovid's Ars Amatoria 2 (OUP 1994) and Reading Roman Comedy: Poetics and Playfulness in Plautus and Terence (2009), and co-editor of Intratextuality: Greek and Roman Textual Relations (OUP 2000) and The Art of Love: Bimillennial Essays on Ovid's Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris (OUP, 2006). She is co-editor (with David Konstan) of the series Oxford Studies in Classical Literature and Gender Theory, for which she is planning a book on Lucretius.

show more

Review quote

A welcome addition to the field T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, Phoenix

show more