By Monica R. Gale
This ebook gathers jointly essentially the most vital and influential scholarly articles of the final sixty to seventy years (three of that are translated into English right here for the 1st time) at the Roman poet Lucretius. Lucretius' philosophical epic, the De Rerum Natura or On the character of the Universe (c.55 BC), seeks to persuade its reader of the validity of the rationalist theories of the Hellenistic philosopher Epicurus. The articles amassed during this quantity discover Lucretius' poetic and argumentative procedure from quite a few views, and likewise reflect on the poem in terms of its philosophical and literary milieux, and to the values and beliefs of latest Roman society. All quotations in Latin or Greek are translated.
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80–2). The deliberate parallelism drawn by Lucretius between himself and Epicurus leads to an explanation of how it is that Lucretius can portray himself as following in Epicurus’ footsteps and at the same time striking out through a trackless region to the sources of his inspiration. The explanation lies in the words auia Pieridum (‘pathless tracts of the Muses of Pieria’). The ¼ðåØæïí (‘inWnity’) of Epicurus and the auia Pieridum are one and the same. 6 The universe of the De rerum natura is one presented in and seen through poetry.
Gods live without disturbance; they are remote from human aVairs and are indiVerent to men. They can truly be called quietos (‘undisturbed’). It is a part of true piety to describe 29 Consider the commentary of Leo Strauss (1968), 134, on the eclipse of Venus by Calliope. The reader who wants to discover the diVerence between uoluptas (‘pleasure’) and requies (‘repose’) and in part the diVerence between gods and men can Wnd no help in either the commentaries of Ernout-Robin or Bailey. 199 is: ‘hominum .
His attachment to Epicurus was not ahistorical. s. 2 (1949), 68–9. Cf. 1051. 335–7): denique natura haec rerum ratioque repertast nuper, et hanc primus cum primis ipse repertus nunc ego sum in patrias qui possim uertere uoces. . and, Wnally, the reality of the universe and the philosophy that discloses it have been discovered only recently, and I myself have been discovered, among the Wrst, who is capable of expressing it in Latin. By this conception of history, discoverers are themselves discovered.