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Lucretius and the Language of Nature

Barnaby Taylor


Lucretius’ Epicurean poem De Rerum Natura (‘On the Nature of Things’), written in the middle of the first century BC, made a fundamental and lasting contribution to the language of Latin philosophy. This book is a study of Lucretius’ linguistic innovation and creativity. Lucretius is depicted as a linguistic trailblazer, extending and augmenting the technical language of Latin in order to describe the Epicurean universe of atoms and void in all its complexity and sublimity. A core thesis of the book is that a detailed understanding of Epicurean linguistic theory will bring with it a greater ap ... More

Keywords: Lucretius, Epicurean linguistic theory, Latin, Greek, metaphor, etymology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754909
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barnaby Taylor, author
Fellow and Tutor in Classics, University of Oxford