Lucretius on Creation and Evolution: Book 5 Lines 772-1104: A Commentary on De Rerum Natura Book 5 Lines 772-1104

Lucretius on Creation and Evolution: Book 5 Lines 772-1104: A Commentary on De Rerum Natura Book 5 Lines 772-1104

Hardback Oxford Classical Monographs

By (author) Gordon Campbell

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 31mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 29 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199263965
  • ISBN 13: 9780199263967
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,519,592

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Lucretius' account of the origin of life, the origin of species, and human prehistory is the longest and most detailed account extant from the ancient world. It gives an anti-teleological mechanistic theory of zoogony and the origin of species that does away with the need for any divine aid or design in the process, and accordingly it has been seen as a forerunner of Darwin's theory of evolution. This commentary locates Lucretius in both the ancient and modern contexts, and treats Lucretius' ideas as very much alive rather than as historical concepts. The recent revival of creationism makes this study particularly relevant to contemporary debate, and indeed, many of the central questions posed by creationists are those Lucretius attempts to answer.

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Gordon Campbell is Lecturer in Ancient Classics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

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Gordon Campbell's stylish commentary...proves a success. The strength of Campbell's commentary lies in his eagerness to view Lucretius' poem through a fresh prism. The result is a scrupulous analysis and a stimulating interpretation. Certainly this book, with its distinctive personal color, constitutes a major contribution to Lucretian scholarship. Myrto Garani, Classical Studies

Table of contents

Introduction ; Text ; Translation ; Commentary