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5.0 out of 5 starsImagine writing a poem that covers everything we know... Lucretius does this for his time and it is amazing.
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2017
Ancient understandings of the cosmos, evolution, atoms, man's place in the animal kingdom, that are spot on. The heralding of the insignificance of any "gods", spirits, fairies, monsters and and such and the insistence of the death of the mind/soul upon the death of the body & no craven desperate need given to the belief of an afterlife, or of a ridiculous place with God, spirits & our souls. All composed in a wonderful poem. It would be like writing a poem of all of our cuurent understandings "Of The Nature Of Things" - it was a monumental task to execute such a poem, as Lucretius did in his time. This is a must have book for any Humanist, free-thinker, scientifically oriented person. It is also for people who believe in myths, they, perhaps more than anyone -should read Lucretius too. For, it is amazing to learn that the secular, non-religious intellectual opinions of people from around 500 BC were actually quite accurate and concurrent to modern science.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
It's remarkable stuff really, the genesis of modern science, suppressed for hundreds of years by the Christian church, as it synthesises the works & worldview of Epicurus & Democritus (of we have we have very little extant) into a single volume. Rendered as an epic poem. It's lyrical & logical, and deeply in love with the world. It's certainly not for everyone. But if you're reading the philosophers as I am, it's a worthy addition and waypoint on your travels through antiquity.
We were looking for this book at first for the front cover, which is rare and and his painter is one my husband's favorite artist, then, after we read the book we enjoyed the book more than ever. The seller did an excellent job in sending the book fast (overseas) and the price was appropriate as well, thank you!