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Lucretius was born in 99 BC, and On the Nature of Things is his only surviving work. His aim was to free the Roman world from its two great terrors: the gods and death. Lucretius argues that the gods are not actively involved in life, so need not be appeased; and that death is the end of everything human - body and soul - and therefore should not be feared. But On the Nature of Things is also a poem of striking imagery, intimate natural observation and touching pathos. It is one of the most influential writings in Western thought.

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Stephen Greenblatt's 'the Swerve' was the inspiration to go back to antiquity and be shocked by the revolutionary ideas that Lucretius and his idol Epicurus were able to deduct from an astute observation of nature. We can only wonder what these minds could have achieved if modern instrumentation had been at their disposal, but can completely understand that the content must have been a red rag to medieval church doctrine. A book with a rated shock level equivalent to the classic "Texas chainsaw massacre" horror movie.

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