RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 39523070 LA English T1 On the nature of the universe A1 Lucretius Carus, Titus., Melville, Ronald,, Fowler, Don,, Fowler, Peta., PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 1999 SN 0192817612 9780192817617 AB This poem by Lucretius combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with poetry. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness. He bases this argument on the atomic theory expounded by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and the poem explores sensation, sex, cosmology, meteorology, and geology with sympathy for man's place in the world. All of these subjects are made more attractive by the poetry with which he illustrates them. The Introduction gives full details of the little that is known of Lucretius' life and background in 1st century BCE Rome, and also of the Epicurean philosophy that was his inspiration. It also explores why the issues Lucretius' poem raises about the scientific and poetical views of the world continue to be important.