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The swerve : how the Renaissance began

Author: Stephen Greenblatt
Publisher: Rearsby : W F Howes, 2012, ©2011.
Series: Clipper large print
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : English : Large print edView all editions and formats
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"Nearly six hundred years ago, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius was discovered on a library shelf. The book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, filled with dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion. The copying and translation of  Read more...
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Named Person: Titus Lucretius Carus; Titus Lucretius Carus; Titus Lucretius Carus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN: 9781407496313 140749631X
OCLC Number: 780331142
Notes: Standard print ed. originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2011.
Description: 357 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Book hunter --
Moment of discovery --
In search of Lucretius --
Teeth of time --
Birth and rebirth --
In the lie factory --
Pit to catch foxes --
Way things are --
Return --
Swerves --
Afterlives.
Series Title: Clipper large print
Responsibility: Stephen Greenblatt.

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"Nearly six hundred years ago, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius was discovered on a library shelf. The book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, filled with dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion. The copying and translation of this ancient book fuelled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had revolutionary influence on writers from Montaigne to Thomas Jefferson."--Publisher description.

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