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Hector

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  • On the Nature of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lucretius
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    This famous work by Lucretius is a masterpiece of didactic poetry, and it still stands today as the finest exposition of Epicurean philosophy ever written. The poem was produced in the middle of first century B.C., a period that was to witness a flowering of Latin literature unequaled for beauty and intellectual power in subsequent ages. The Latin title, De Rerum Natura, translates literally to On the Nature of Things and is meant to impress the reader with the breadth and depth of Epicurean philosophy.

    Lawrence says: "A Masterpiece"
    "The comedy of errors."
    Overall

    It's easy to hear the words of this great poet of the ancient world and laugh. Laugh because his assumptions about so many things are so wrong, and because the reading here lends the words the authority with which they were written. But it is also easy to look back and imagine a world in which the richness of our modern technological and scientific information is not available and the only means by which to understand the world is to look at it and assume, with some good thinking, what is going on.

    Yet underneath it all, is Lucretius not right about a great many of the things he discusses? Are his discourses on the nature of the Gods not a kin to what is often accepted by most modern religions? Is nature not composed of smaller and smaller particles, each with their own intrinsic characteristics?

    Indeed, Lucretius and many of the ancient philosophers are ignored in our modern age, but they should not, for they have much to teach us.

    This audiobook makes it easy to not only gain knowledge about one of the often neglected ancient philosophical schools, but the reading is done in such a way as to make it a stern yet pleasant talking to by a favored teacher.

    You listen and are drawn into it, and if you allow yourself, you are drawn into a different mental paradigm, one in which it is ok for you to feel pleasure, to take enjoyment in life, and to seek to make of yourself a better person, not out of fear of divine retribution, but out of a desire to be a fully realized human being, because that in and of itself should be reason enough.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful

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