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The Teacher’s Truth: Lucretius’ De rerum natura

KATHARINA VOLK

in The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199245505
eISBN:
9780191714986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245505.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Lucretius' De rerum natura (‘On the Nature of Things’), a poem in six books on Epicurean natural philosophy, considering the work specifically as a didactic poem. After ... More


Voluptuous Figures: Lucretian Materialism in Eighteenth-Century France

Natania Meeker

in Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823226962
eISBN:
9780823240944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823226962.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In the “Discours préliminare” prefacing his 1768 translation of Lucretius's De rerum natura, Charles-Joseph Panckoucke describes the poem as “the boldest work that any human being had ever dared ... More


Didacticism and Epistolarity in Horace's Epistles 1

A. D. Morrison

in Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203956
eISBN:
9780191708244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates how the ‘epistolarity’, the ‘letteriness’ of Horace's Epistles relates to and complements the didactic, instructive element of the book and vice versa. Horace is the first ... More


The Philologist and the Epicurean

Gerard Passannante

in The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226648491
eISBN:
9780226648514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648514.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter addresses the vital question of how reading a poem that says that letters are like atoms helps in informing the practice of the philologist piecing the text back together from near ... More


Fear of Falling: Icarus, Phaethon, and Lucretius

David Quint

in Inside Paradise Lost: Reading the Designs of Milton's Epic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161914
eISBN:
9781400850488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161914.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter demonstrates how—through a complicated chain of intermediary texts—the depiction of Satan's fall through Chaos in book 2, which invokes the myth of Icarus, and the Son's successful ride ... More


The Seeds of Things: Theorizing Sexuality and Materiality in Renaissance Representations

Jonathan Goldberg

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230662
eISBN:
9780823235827
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230662.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The title of this book translates one of the many ways in which Lucretius names the basic matter from which the world is made in De rerum natura. For Lucretius, and in the strain of thought following ... More


De Rerum Natura: Book IV

John Godwin

in Lucretius: De Rerum Natura IV

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856683084
eISBN:
9781800343115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856683084.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter details the text and translation of the fourth book of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. The internal coherence of the book is remarkably convincing, depending as it does on two basic ideas: ... More


The Philosopher and the Mother Cow: Towards a Gendered Reading of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

Alison Sharrock

in Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199237944
eISBN:
9780191706455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237944.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter highlights the way Lucretius's poem, De Rerum Natura, has become part of science's investigation of its own genealogy. It analyses the tropes of personification and abstraction and their ... More


Didaxis, Rhetoric, and the Law in Lucretius

Alessandro Schiesaro

in Classical Constructions: Papers in Memory of Don Fowler, Classicist and Epicurean

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199218035
eISBN:
9780191711534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses certain constitutive features of Lucretius’ poem in connection with specific aspects of Roman culture in his times. This type of investigation has never been overly popular in ... More


Epilogue

Gerard Passannante

in The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226648491
eISBN:
9780226648514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648514.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter explores Newton's interest in De rerum natura, inspecting his manuscripts of the classical scholia and how one curious survival in these manuscripts gives rise to a number of larger ... More


Lucretius: De Rerumnatura V

Monica R. Gale (ed.)

in Lucretius: De Rerum Natura: Book V

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856688843
eISBN:
9781800343122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856688843.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter provides the text and translation of Book V of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. This third section of Lucretius' poem begins with an account of how the world came into existence, which is ... More


The Language of Atoms: Performativity and Politics in Lucretius' De rerum natura

W. H. Shearin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780190202422
eISBN:
9780190202446
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202422.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Language of Atoms argues that ancient Epicurean writing on language offers a theory of performative language. Such a theory describes how languages acts, providing psychic therapy or creating new ... More


Wandering Stars

Emma Gee

in Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter and the following one place Aratus in the Roman tradition specifically through systematic study of the influence of Cicero’s Aratea, his Aratus translation, on the De rerum natura of ... More


Introduction

Gerard Passannante

in The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226648491
eISBN:
9780226648514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648514.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter gives a brief introduction to the concepts and ideas that surround Lucretius's poem and its Renaissance reception. Famiano Strada examines how Pietro Bembo delivered a poem that ... More


Titi Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Liber Quartus Commentary

John Godwin

in De Rerum Natura IV

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856683084
eISBN:
9781800343115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856683084.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter provides commentary on the fourth book of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. The book opens with a declaration of intent and an apologia for Lucretius' use of verse in communicating Epicurean ... More


On the Nature of Marx’s Things

Jacques Lezra

in On the Nature of Marx's Things: Translation as Necrophilology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279425
eISBN:
9780823281527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279425.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses Marx's early encounter with the Roman poet Lucretius's De rerum natura, when Marx had been preparing his dissertation. Lucretius's “acrobatic” verse impresses the young Marx, ... More


Note on references to the Presocratic philosophers

Monica R. Gale (ed.)

in Lucretius: De Rerum Natura: Book V

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856688843
eISBN:
9781800343122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856688843.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter provides the note on references to the Presocratic philosophers in Book V of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. Presocratic thought is largely available through indirect tradition, such as The ... More


Introduction

John Godwin

in Lucretius: De Rerum Natura IV

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856683084
eISBN:
9781800343115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856683084.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This introductory chapter provides a background of Lucretius' life as poet and philosopher. It is important to know the elements of Epicurus' philosophy before embarking on the study of Lucretius. ... More


Conclusions

Natania Meeker

in Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823226962
eISBN:
9780823240944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823226962.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In De rerum natura, Lucretius does not appear to derive his position on matter from the idea that there must exist a fundamental and unbridgeable gap between material substance and the means used to ... More


The Origins of Roman Theomachy: Lucretius and Vergil

Pramit Chaudhuri

in The War with God: Theomachy in Roman Imperial Poetry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199993383
eISBN:
9780190204990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993383.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the place of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and Vergil’s Aeneid in the development of the Roman representation of theomachy. By presenting his philosophical hero, Epicurus, as a ... More


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