Titi Lucretii Cari. De Rerum Natura Libri Sex
by Titus Lucretius Carus
|De Rerum Natura Libri Sex|
at the College of William & Mary.
|Author||Titus Lucretius Carus|
|Published||Cantabrigiæ: Ex officina Joann. Hayes, Impensis W. Morden|
|Date||1675 or 1686|
Titus Lucretius Carus (c.99 – c.55 BCE), known simply as Lucretius, was a Roman poet who believed in Epicurean philosophy: a “strictly mechanistic account of all phenoma” that atoms make up everything in the world, from physical objects to the mind to the soul. Little is known about Lucretius, although various contemporary authors have written about his life.
De Rerum Natura, or On the Nature of Things, the only known work of Lucretius, is a poem in six books. "The purpose of the poem is to free men from a sense of guilt and the fear of death by demonstrating that fear of the intervention of gods in this world and of punishment of the soul after death are groundless: the world and everything in it are material and governed by the mechanical laws of nature, and the soul is mortal and perishes with the body." Lucretius wrote with a clear and organizational purpose; even "[the] division of the text corresponds to the Epicurean stress on the intelligibility of phenomena: everything has a systematic explanation, the world can be analysed and understood." Each book has a prologue and a conclusion. The prologue in Book 1 "opens with a famous invocation of Venus, goddess of creative life, to grant to the poet inspiration and to Rome peace."
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
- De Rerum Natura Libri Sex ad Optimorum Exemplarium Fidem Recensiti
- Jefferson Inventory
- Of the Nature of Things
- Titi Lucretii Cari De Rerum Natura Libri Sex: ex Editione Thomae Creech
- Wythe's Library
- "Lucrē'tius" in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, ed. by M.C. Howatson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
- "Epicū'rus" in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, ed. by M.C. Howatson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
- "Lucrē'tius" in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.
- "Lucrētius" in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, ed. by John Roberts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
- "Lucrē'tius” in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.