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On the Nature of Things (Leonard translation)

Titus Lucretius Carus

On the Nature of Things, written in the first century BCE by Titus Lucretius Carus, is one of the principle expositions on Epicurean philosophy and science to have survived from antiquity. Far from being a dry treatise on the many topics it covers, the original Latin version (entitled De Rerum Natura) was written in the form of an extended poem in hexameter, with a beauty of style that was admired and emulated by his successors, including Ovid and Cicero. The version read here is an English verse translation written by William Ellery Leonard. Although Leonard penned his version in the early twentieth century, he chose to adhere to both the vocabulary and meter (alternating between pentameter and hexameter) of Elizabethan-era poetry. While the six untitled books that comprise On the Nature of Things delve into a broad range of subjects, including the physical nature of the universe, the workings of the human mind and body, and the natural history of the Earth, Lucretius repeatedly asserts throughout the work that his chief purpose is to provide the reader with a means to escape the "darkness of the mind" imposed by superstition and ignorance. To this end he offers us his enlightening verses, that through them might be revealed to us "nature's aspect, and her laws". (Summary by Daniel Vimont)

On the Nature of Things, written in the first century BCE by Titus Lucretius Carus, is one of the principle expositions on Epicurean philosophy and science to have survived from antiquity. Far from being a dry treatise on the many topics it covers, the original Latin version (entitled De Rerum Natura) was written in the form of an extended poem in hexameter, with a beauty of style that was admired and emulated by his successors, including Ovid and Cicero. The version read here is an English verse translation written by William Ellery Leonard. Although Leonard penned his version in the early twentieth century, he chose to adhere to both the vocabulary and meter (alternating between pentameter and hexameter) of Elizabethan-era poetry. While the six untitled books that comprise On the Nature of Things delve into a broad range of subjects, including the physical nature of the universe, the workings of the human mind and body, and the natural history of the Earth, Lucretius repeatedly asserts throughout the work that his chief purpose is to provide the reader with a means to escape the "darkness of the mind" imposed by superstition and ignorance. To this end he offers us his enlightening verses, that through them might be revealed to us "nature's aspect, and her laws". (Summary by Daniel Vimont)
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On the Nature of Things, written in the first century BCE by Titus Lucretius Carus, is one of the principle expositions on Epicurean philosophy and science to have survived from antiquity. Far from being a dry treatise on the many topics it covers, the original Latin version (entitled De Rerum Natura) was written in the form of an extended poem in hexameter, with a beauty of style that was admired and emulated by his successors, including Ovid and Cicero. The version read here is an English verse translation written by William Ellery Leonard. Although Leonard penned his version in the early twentieth century, he chose to adhere to both the vocabulary and meter (alternating between pentameter and hexameter) of Elizabethan-era poetry. While the six untitled books that comprise On the Nature of Things delve into a broad range of subjects, including the physical nature of the universe, the workings of the human mind and body, and the natural history of the Earth, Lucretius repeatedly asserts throughout the work that his chief purpose is to provide the reader with a means to escape the "darkness of the mind" imposed by superstition and ignorance. To this end he offers us his enlightening verses, that through them might be revealed to us "nature's aspect, and her laws". (Summary by Daniel Vimont)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

10h 32m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

10:28


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

51:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

31:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

39:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

46:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

46:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:33