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Lucretius:
Poet and Epicurean

GENERAL EDITORS: ERIC DUGDALE AND JAMES MORWOOD

Lucretius: Poet and Epicurean provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of extracts from the key texts of its literature, history and civilization, and by setting them in their historical, social and cultural contexts.
The series is suitable for both advanced secondary school and undergraduate study, giving translations that are accurate and accessible, accompanied by notes that will enable all students to engage with the primary sources.

Key features of the series include:
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questions which prompt students to develop their own informed opinions, and to consider the relevance of ancient texts to the modern world
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notes alongside the texts for easy reference
stimulating illustrations throughout.

What is the world made of? How can we be happy? What happens after death? Drawing on the philosophical teachings of Epicurus, Lucretius ambitiously seeks to answer these and other big questions in his masterful poem On the nature of things; at the same time he coats his words in 'the honey of the Muses' to make potentially difficult material more appealing to his readers.

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 that underlies it.

Cambridge University Press 2009 ISBN  978-0-521-72156-1
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