On the Nature of Things
Lucretius expounds the Epicurian view that the world can be explained by the operation of material forces and natural laws and thus one should not fear the gods or death. He had a considerable influence on writers such as Montaigne.
Lucretius On the Nature of Things, trans. Cyril Bailey (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910).
The text is in the public domain.
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Table of Contents
- Book I: Deals with the ultimate constitution of the universe, which consists of infinite atoms moving in infinite space
- Book II: Deals with the Motion and Forms of the Atoms, and their Combination in Things
- Book III: Deals with the Soul, its Nature, and its Fate
- Book IV: Deals Mainly with the Psychology of Sensation and thought, and also with certain biological functions
- Book V: Deals with out World and its Formation, Astronomy, the beginnings of Life and Civilization
- Book VI: Explains from the Atomic Point of View a Variety of Occurrences, Partly Meteorological Phenomena, Partly Terrestrial Curiosities