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- Lucretius In full Titus Lucretius Carus. 96?-55? B.C. Roman philosopher and poet. His long poem On the Nature of Things expounds the atomistic physics of Epicurus in order to free its readers of superstition and the fear of death.
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- proper n. A male given name of mostly historical use in English.
- proper n. Titus Lucretius Carus, a Roman poet and philosopher.
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- n. Roman philosopher and poet; in a long didactic poem he tried to provide a scientific explanation of the universe (96-55 BC)
Lucretius is constantly urging his readers to follow their “sagacious” wits to the truth, like dogs hunting down quarry through the underbrush.
It was dangerous territory in that sense, for Lucretius is a passionate and persuasive adversary.
Many people are attracted to power and wealth (as we saw in Lucretius) because such qualities give us an apparent feeling of security and release us from fear.
She throws open the flood-gates of her heart as in words recalling Lucretius:
Do not you believe that twenty name Lucretius because of the poetic commencement of his books, for five that wade through his philosophy?
Middle Ages, while others, such as Lucretius, Tacitus, and Manilius, although extant in a few but neglected medieval manuscripts, had to be rediscovered by the humanists.
There was melancholy, high and stately, such as Lucretius knew, when he went lonely among the homesteads or along the shore; but it was too exalted to be one with diffidence, for he who will hold the sum of things in his thoughts walks on clouds above the heads of men, free of all misgiving.
In "Lucretius," Tennyson shows the moral apathy of materialism by letting us look on at a suicidal death, and hear the cry, half-rage and half-despair, "What is duty?" and in that fated cry, atheism has run its course.
"Lucretius" takes us once more into the classic period.
Dr. Mason Good translated "Lucretius" while riding to visit his patients in London.