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  • ISBN:9780521721561
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):Classics
  • Author(s):Philip de May
  • Available from: May 2009

An exciting series that provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of extracts from its key texts.

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  • DESCRIPTION

    What is the world made of? How can we be happy? What happens after death? Drawing on the philosophical teachings of Epicurus, Lucretius seeks to answer these and other big questions in his masterful poem 'On the nature of things'. This book offers a selection of key passages from the poem. In addition it gives students insight into its artistic inventiveness, provides a cultural and historical frame of reference, and offers access to the Epicurean philosophy underlying the poem.

  • Contents
  • FEATURES
    • Clear, user-friendly layout is accessible for a range of students, both Classicists and those studying more general topics in Classical and ancient history and civilisation.

    • New translations of key passages of Latin and Greek written in approachable, readable English that can be easily accessed by all students.

    • Translation and commentaries by key scholars in the Classical field provide readable, informative texts with broad appeal.

  • CONTENTS
    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • 1. The existence of atoms and void
    • 2. Atomic motion, shape and properties
    • 3. The nature of the spirit and mind
    • 4. The processes of sensation and thought
    • 5. Our world, the origins of life and civilisation
    • 6. Phenomena of our world explained
    • Recommended reading
    • Glossary of people
    • Index.
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