By W. R. Johnson
Lucretius' at the Nature of items - one of many glories of Latin literature - presents a brilliant poetic exposition of the doctrines of the Greek atomist, Epicurus. The poem performed a vital function within the reinvention of technology within the 17th century, its impression at the French Enlightenment was once robust and pervasive, and it grew to become a massive battlefield within the wars of faith with technology in nineteenth-century England. yet within the 20th century, regardless of its very important contributions to trendy proposal and civilisation, it's been principally ignored by way of universal readers and scientists alike. This e-book bargains an in depth description of the poem, with specified emphasis on its pleased model of materialism and on its try and devise a moral method that fits one of these universe. It surveys significant proper texts shape the eighteenth and 19th centuries (Dryden, Diderot, Voltaire, Tennyson, Santayana) and speculates on why Lucretius and the traditional medical culture he championed has turn into marginalised within the 20th century. It closes with a dialogue of what price the poem has for college students of technology and expertise within the new century: what recommendation it has to supply us approximately the right way to cross approximately reinventing our machines and our morality
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Then the poor creatures are plunged back into their old superstitions and saddle themselves with cruel masters whom they believe to be allpowerful. 58-64) Those who had set their feet upon the ladder have slipped, have suffered a relapse. They had not completely understood that the gods are carefree, they had forgotten what atomic movement means. Meteorological disasters had shaken them out of their wits and had erased what they learned. Blind reasoning has slipped back into its old groove and has misled them - back into their old errors and terrors.
All the pains bestowed on cosmetics are wasted 'since your mind has power to drag all these mysteries into the daylight and get at the truth behind all the giggling. 1188-91). That may sound sexist, but the poet knows that a good way of beginning to accept unpleasant facts and make allowances for human imperfections is to first look in the mirror. If love is what you're after, you will want realities. What matters is what kind of woman she is: si bello animost et non odiosa. 'Of good disposition,' says one commentator for bellus animus, but let's give Lucretius the benefit of the doubt.
All alike have the same father, from whom all-nourishing mother earth receives the showering drops of moisture. Thus fertilised, she gives birth to smiling crops and lusty trees, to mankind and all the breeds of beasts. She it is that yields the food on which they all feed their bodies, lead their joyous lives and renew their race. She has well earned the name of mother. 991-8) The passage recalls the splendid opening of the poem in which the poet, disbeliever though he is in the gods of the poets and theologians and the state, nevertheless invokes Venus, as the inspiration, as the Muse, of his poem.
Lucretius in the Modern World (Classical Inter/Faces) by W. R. Johnson