Our Better Nature
A new verse translation of Lucretius's De rerum natura elegantly counters the superstitions of this modern age.
De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things):
A Poetic Translation (Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literature)
translation by David R. Slavitt
University of California Press
$14.95 List Price
At a moment in history when God is said to participate in world politics, the pungent ode to nature De rerum natura, composed by the Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus, can provide a dose of sanity. What the atomist Epicurus called ataraxia—the tranquility of mind achieved when one is freed from the fear of occult controllers—Lucretius transformed into a prophetic materialism. His lyric treatise, published in the first