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.
As a layman who has enjoyed many pleasurable hours of leisure reading philosophy, science, religion, and history, I had read of Lucretius’ poem many times. Finally, I decided to read it and see for myself. Others more capable than me have commented on it in detail, so I will be brief. You should read it slowly and even reread sections, especially for a while until you get the feel for the language and how Lucretius uses it to construct the poem. Patience will be rewarded: It is beautiful and incredible. But the most astounding part, which I had read about many other times, is how modern it seems to be in its outlook, philosophy, and physical explanations of reality. If you go down the path, take your time and enjoy it. It is special!
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!