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Lucretius: De Rerum NaturaBook III

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173896

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  • The third book of Lucretius' great poem on the workings of the universe is devoted entirely to expounding the implications of Epicurus' dictum that death does not matter, 'is nothing to us'. The soul is not immortal: it no more exists after the dissolution of the body than it had done before its birth. Only if this fact is accepted can men rid themselves of irrational fears and achieve the state of ataraxia, freedom from mental disturbance, on which the Epicurean definition of pleasure was based. To present this case Lucretius deploys the full range of poetic and rhetorical registers, soberly prohibitive, artfully decorative or passionately emotive as best suits his argument, reinforcing it with vivid and compelling imagery. This new edition has been completely revised, with a considerably enlarged Commentary and a new supplementary introduction taking account of the great amount of new scholarship of the last forty years.

    • Expert introduction to and commentary on one of the greatest of Roman poets
    • Detailed help given with Lucretius' dense and philosophically difficult language
    • This second edition has been completely revised, with a considerably enlarged Commentary and a new supplementary introduction taking account of the great amount of new scholarship of the last forty years
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173896
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Supplementary introduction
    Text
    Commentary.

  • Author

    Lucretius

    Editor

    E. J. Kenney, University of Cambridge
    E. J. Kenney is Professor Emeritus of Latin at the University of Cambridge.

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