By Lee Fratantuono

Lucretius’ philosophical epic De Rerum Natura (On the character of Things) is a long didactic and narrative party of the universe and, particularly, the area of nature and production within which humanity reveals its home. This earliest surviving complete scale epic poem from old Rome was once of giant impression and value to the advance of the Latin epic culture, and maintains to problem and hang-out its readers to the current day. A studying of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura bargains a accomplished statement in this nice paintings of Roman poetry and philosophy. Lee Fratantuono unearths Lucretius to be a poet with deep and abiding curiosity within the nature of the Roman id because the kids of either Venus (through Aeneas) and Mars (through Romulus); the results (both optimistic and adverse) of descent from the immortal powers of affection and conflict are explored in brilliant epic narrative, because the poet progresses from his invocation to the mummy of the youngsters of Aeneas via to the burning funeral pyres of the plague at Athens. Lucretius’ epic deals the potential for serenity and peaceable mirrored image at the mysteries of the character of the area, at the same time it shatters any desire of immortality via its bleak imaginative and prescient of post mortem oblivion. And within the means of defining what it skill either to be human and Roman, Lucretius bargains a frightening imaginative and prescient of the perils of over the top devotion either to the gods and our fellow males, a statement at the nature of pietas that might function a caution for Virgil in his later depiction of the Trojan Aeneas.

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