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On the Nature of Things

Lucretius

Lucretius was born in 99 BC, and On the Nature of Things is his only surviving work. His aim was to free the Roman world from its two great terrors – the gods and death. Lucretius argues that the gods are not actively involved in life, so need not be appeased; and that death is the end of everything human – body and soul – and therefore should not be feared. But On the Nature of Things is also a poem of striking imagery, intimate natural observation and touching pathos. It is one of the most influential writings in Western thought.

Lucretius was born in 99 BC, and On the Nature of Things is his only surviving work. His aim was to free the Roman world from its two great terrors – the gods and death. Lucretius argues that the gods are not actively involved in life, so need not be appeased; and that death is the end of everything human – body and soul – and therefore should not be feared. But On the Nature of Things is also a poem of striking imagery, intimate natural observation and touching pathos. It is one of the most influential writings in Western thought.
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Genres:

Philosophy

Description:

Lucretius was born in 99 BC, and On the Nature of Things is his only surviving work. His aim was to free the Roman world from its two great terrors – the gods and death. Lucretius argues that the gods are not actively involved in life, so need not be appeased; and that death is the end of everything human – body and soul – and therefore should not be feared. But On the Nature of Things is also a poem of striking imagery, intimate natural observation and touching pathos. It is one of the most influential writings in Western thought.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Hugh Ross

Length:

8h 43m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:36


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:05


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:55


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:20


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:35


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:15