Who is Lucretius?

  • (noun): Roman philosopher and poet; in a long didactic poem he tried to provide a scientific explanation of the universe (96-55 BC).
    Synonyms: Titus Lucretius Carus


Titus Lucretius Carus (ca. 99 BC – ca. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. His only known work is the epic philosophical poem De rerum natura about the beliefs of Epicureanism, and which is translated into English as On the Nature of Things or "On the Nature of the Universe".

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Georgics - Sources - Roman
... Lucretius' De Rerum Natura serves as Virgil's primary Latin model in terms of genre and meter ... Many passages from Virgil's poetry are indebted to Lucretius the plague section of Book 3 takes as its model the plague of Athens that closes the De Rerum Natura ... Virgil is also indebted to Ennius, who, along with Lucretius, naturalized hexameter verse in Latin ...
Response To Lucretius' Work
... The earliest recorded verdict of Lucretius' work is by Cicero, who calls Lucretius's poetry "full of inspired brilliance, but also of great artistry" ... However, Cicero is elsewhere critical of Lucretius and the Epicureans, and disparaged them for their omission from their work of historical study ... Cornelius Nepos, in his Life Of Atticus, mentions Lucretius as one of the greatest poets of his times ...
Lucilia (wife Of Lucretius)
... Lucilia is the wife of the Roman philosopher Lucretius and is mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" ... In his poem "Lucretius", Tennyson follows the tradition that Lucretius was driven mad by a love-potion, which was given to him by Lucilia, and perished by his ...
Lucretius (crater)
... Lucretius is an impact crater on the far side of the Moon ... To the southwest of Lucretius lies Fridman ... To the northwest of Lucretius is a chain of craters called the Catena Lucretius ...

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    When heaven and earth were in confusion hurl’d
    For the debated empire of the world,
    Which awed with dreadful expectation lay,
    Soon to be slaves, uncertain who should sway:
    Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus)

    Oh Science, lift aloud thy voice that stills
    The pulse of fear,
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    Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another’s great tribulation; not because any man’s troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.
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