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De Rerum Natura IV$
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J. Godwin

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780856683084

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856683084.001.0001

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Titi Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Liber Quartus Commentary

Titi Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Liber Quartus Commentary

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De Rerum Natura IV

John Godwin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides commentary on the fourth book of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. The book opens with a declaration of intent and an apologia for Lucretius' use of verse in communicating Epicurean philosophy. Lucretius openly specifies the therapeutic object of his poetry. His hostility to religion and its accompanying fear of life after death have been declared right from the start and are the motive force behind all the philosophical argument. In his analysis of perception, Lucretius tackles all the hard problems raised by scepticism and science. In particular, the long catalogue of optical illusions is taken almost entirely from the works of the sceptic philosophers.

Keywords:   Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, Epicurean philosophy, poetry, religion, scepticism, optical illusions, sceptic philosophers

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