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Lucretius: De Rerum Natura: Book V

Monica R. Gale

Abstract

For a work written more than two thousand years ago, in a society in many ways quite alien to our own, Lucretius' De Rerum Natura contains much of striking, even startling, contemporary relevance. This is true, above all, of the fifth book, which begins by putting a strong case against what it has recently become fashionable to call 'intelligent design', and ends with an account of human evolution and the development of society in which the limitations of technological progress form a strong and occasionally explicit subtext. Along the way, the poet touches on many themes which may strike a ch ... More

Keywords: Lucretius, human evolution, ecosystem, political life, corruption, consumerism, upper-class Roman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780856688843
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856688843.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica R. Gale, editor

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