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Lucretius on The Nature of Things, A Philosophical Poem, In Six Books, To…

by Rev. John Selby Watson

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_Lucretius on the Nature of Things: A Philosophical Poem, in Six Books_, (translated) by John Selby Watson, London: George Bell & Sons, 1880; "To which is adjoined the poetical version of John Mason Good [1805]". An 1880 prose translation of Titus Lucretius Carus's _De Rerum Natura_, the ancient metrical treatise that offers naturalistic and atomistic explanations of all phenomena. A very scholarly edition, freely available online in scanned-from-paper form (.pdf) or transcribed form (.html). Watson provides innumerable footnotes citing the efforts of earlier editors and translators of the often-difficult Latin original (which is also freely available online). Lucretius did a valiant job, considering that in his time nothing was known about gravity, electricity, molecular biology, etc, etc. While not excluding that non-supernatural "gods" of some kind could exist, his work firmly rejected religion and is thus far more intelligent than certain other ancient writings.
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