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Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science

Daryn Lehoux, A. D. Morrison, and Alison Sharrock


This collection of ten chapters on Lucretius' poem of the world, Dererumnatura(DRN), attempts to combine within one book and within the individual contributions the three main strands of approaches to this beautiful and difficult text, as reflected in the title of the volume: poetry, philosophy, science. All too often, DRN has been mined by the critics, philosophers, and historians of science for nuggets relevant to their purposes, rather than read as a work of interdisciplinary genius. The range of the chapters is broad in chronology as well as disciplinary approach: from the poem’s relatio ... More

Keywords: lucretius, poetry, philosophy, epicurus, ancient science, teleology, providence, aetiology, ataraxia, purpose, belief, universe, atoms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daryn Lehoux, editor
Department of Classics, Queen's University

A. D. Morrison, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester

Alison Sharrock, editor
Professor of Classics, University of Manchester