Lucretius: De Rerum Natura Book III: 3 (Cambridge Greek and by Lucretius,E. J. Kenney

By Lucretius,E. J. Kenney

The 3rd booklet of Lucretius' nice poem at the workings of the universe is dedicated totally to expounding the results of Epicurus' dictum that demise doesn't topic, 'is not anything to us'. The soul isn't really immortal: it not more exists after the dissolution of the physique than it had performed prior to its start. provided that this truth is authorized can males rid themselves of irrational fears and attain the country of ataraxia, freedom from psychological disturbance, on which the Epicurean definition of enjoyment used to be established. to provide this situation Lucretius deploys the entire diversity of poetic and rhetorical registers, soberly prohibitive, artfully ornamental or passionately emotive as most closely fits his argument, reinforcing it with bright and compelling imagery. This new version has been thoroughly revised, with a significantly enlarged observation and a brand new supplementary advent taking account of the good volume of recent scholarship of the final 40 years.

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