On the Nature of Things (4P)
Derived from Greek Epicureanism, Lucretius’ work challenges ancient mythology in favor of virtuous materialism. Through a combination of rich poetry and thoughtful analysis, Lucretius tackles such subjects as happiness, the soul, fear of death and the gods, and the material world. Not only do his writings address the steady decline of Roman virtue, but they expound on arguments that continue to shape the politics and philosophy of today. Soft, 337p.