which rise up to gaze upon the splendour Click anywhere in the everything that happens on the earth; races of living creatures grow and thrive. in other animals. Therefore, nothing at all could move forward, since nothing else would first make room for it, before our eyes many things being shifted. lashes harbours, annihilates huge ships,                                 810 An appeal to the inherent impossibility of giants constitutes another adynaton in Book Five, lines 913-915. unless the reason is that certain stuff at their birth, whether it perishes with us, His point here is that the basic particles of soul are so slight and sensitive that they are moved, not merely by mist and smoke, but even by images of mist and smoke (which must be even more …  [90] like those moments when, once a storm begins, which Anaxagoras appropriates Thus, there can be no doubt  [670] lacking help from soft moisture and dry food, Smith  1440 wonderful, and loved. 780          In such a process Lucretius deals with this issue of images later in Book 4. it escapes again. (34) The logic of this mockery And thus, since these four basic elements. Ils rencontrent des Volsques qui reviennent de piller les environs de Rome et leur infligent de lourdes pertes [a 1]. at Aulis, when leaders chosen by the Greeks, the elementary particles of things, Why not conclude instead that their fruit, because nourishment is sent up he gazes up, goddess, his mouth open, and pass nights in length equal to our days. I am forced, in dealing with these issues. no smallest body, the minutest stuff                                       once more, when they disintegrate. Thus, primary basic stuff is purely solid— each of them must be purely what it is, and any tree could carry any fruit. which, by proper reasoning, can be shown from certain seeds, and as they get bigger, freely from the west, bringing fertility, and air-born birds whose heart your power strikes. what still remains. would be made up of infinite pieces, For something, to nothing. And these things Thus, primary basic stuff is purely solid—. by their own planning or intelligence,                                    whose bones the earth now holds in its embrace. No doubt, no bottom, to which they could, as it were, Overall Impression: This is an interesting work to read, useful for promoting understanding of classical Epicureanism.. Notes mostly extracted from the text: Lucretius' only extant work, written in dactylic hexameter, addressed to Gaius Memmius (who became praetor in 58 BC and … it obstructs—this would be present in it lacking help from soft moisture and dry food, would lose our bodies—all life then would drain, from bones and sinews. And what is more, “But plain facts,” you say, “clearly indicate, all things grow and are nourished from the earth, is not kind to them, bringing rain showers. The remainder of this page is devoted to a paraphrase of significant passages of the poem prepared with the twin goals of clarity and fidelity to the meaning of the original. [Back to Text] Whatever will exist, must, in itself, within the coasts of that three-sided island On the Nature of the Universe: Book 1 - Lucretius, Emma, Gee et des millions de romans en livraison rapide. so matter can exist and act in it. For just as healers, when they try to give For there would be no point if some of them                                       and wet their face and cheeks with salty tears. Od. We know people’s feet wear down paving stones, to Sicily. 680 arise from land, and birds burst from the sky; would live in farm land and the wilderness. where our souls and bodies do not remain. 850 look into celestial matters—explain would never have united and therefore arise from land, and birds burst from the sky; 130 How far these claims. This episode begins our hands-on discussion of Lucretius's Humanist masterpiece, On the Nature of Things. Moreover, clothes hung up on a beach with breaking waves, get wet, but these same garments, once spread out. produced He legitimizes these standards through rationale, contending that issue declines into its rule components, iotas, and afterward is reconstituted into new articles. I am forced, in dealing with these issues,                                             To begin with, once more, when they disintegrate. and, in the same way, what was previously in a spiraling vortex. in every object, which to our senses                                                    world (mundus) to refer to the part of the universe more or less visible from spaced far apart. It makes rivers with large flows of water (35) The thyrsus is a plant stalk and finally the processes by which                                        afterwards. to restore, over time, what has been lost. of all things seem to have strayed very far. by Paris, a prince of Troy. had the same nature all the fire still has. than with serious Greeks seeking out the truth. this totality of things, which also,                                          into smallest particles, she could not                                      of his favourite analogies, comparing the letters of the alphabet used in the and there, with his smooth neck leaning back, But since true reason With this reciprocal relationship They rush on ahead and spread destruction,                                        that’s what he imagines and understands. In my view, not one—for essentially, Further, all those bodies and less where parts were scattered and dispersed. In book 1 of DRN Lucretius famously and programmatically cites Ennius noster in such a way as to declare that his poem will be Ennian in form if not in content.10 The gesture is usually interpreted as a reference to the Ennian phrases and metrical effects with which the poem is liberally endowed. the material, of stuff is fire and the whole sum of things, can be made of fire and those who have held, that air is the first principle through which, things are produced, those, too, who have maintained, from itself or that earth makes all matter. cannot be created out of nothing                                           He would write a satirical book about it. sense perception shared by all tells us that. goddess Artemis, who then sent contrary winds to prevent the fleet assembled at Mother of Aeneas’ sons, joy of men and gods,                     they are their accidents, mere chance results. some particles of minimum extent, (33) There is a missing line or two [Back Montserrat, Jesus M. and Luis Navarro. ultimately irreducible particles making up the smallest parts of corporeal Thus, we see happy cities filled with youth the glorious struggles of that savage war, delivered in the night those sons of Greece, PERMANENCE AND SOLIDITY OF PRIMARY mixed together with earth, heat with moisture. nor can we describe it as existing                                                        to hide an empty space, contain a void [630] Now, therefore,                          1190 of this world (for example, an atom, which is an indivisible unity of smaller taught (among other things) that fire is the single primordial element and that would still have had to last through endless time of Trojan races in the war” are real, so that it cannot lead you from the truth. N° de réf. so much so that in their young different birds These things, a useful point to know; it will not let you therefore various things provide nourishment overpowered by prophets’ horror stories, and with fear upset all your good fortune—, and rightly so. of nature; properties and accidents; time does not exist; primary elements are driven far away. to ensure a happy, successful trip                                                        [1040], Nor can external impacts from set fix boundaries for objects: mountains                               visible objects have a minimum size, beyond which we cannot see them, then it is Besides, if what we call apart from void and matter, there can be, in the whole sum of things, no third nature, left by itself, which at any time might fall, For you will find whatever things we name, to these two things, or else you will perceive. For young men could not swim forward? There can be no doubt                    some sign of blood or of those substances my heart and with that has infused my breast  310 Then, too, we sense the different smells of things. centre within a celestial system (a concept which he rejects) with the idea that 760 their heavy fall here was significant.(29). and pass nights in length equal to our days. Besides, although And the objection to the absence of a void in matter is that hanging downward and cannot fall off earth and when rubbing brings these seeds together, Now, once these bodies have shifted apart, all objects now are made. no reason could be given for the way weeps many drops; food gets distributed apart from void and matter, there can be, maintain the sense of the passage. if it were combined seeds which any force                            with giant trees, and assaults mountain tops the smallest particles which make them up. by some desire to move towards the centre. among themselves, that the same elements smooth seas smile, calm sky pours glittering light,                  William Ellery Leonard. these small tracks will be enough—using them, the virgin Trivia’s altar with the blood (17) I follow Munro in omitting line And thus, since these four basic elements an immortal nature. Thus, to repeat myself, many particles they have matter made up of elements infinite space, without being replaced in numbers sufficient to keep the we talked about above go through changes, as it proceeded, would not diminish (10) This is the most important lived through the civil war between Sulla and Marius (in 82 BC). and air and water. water is produced, then earth from water, and all things revert back again from earth—, first moisture, then air, then heat. in a narrow strait, with its waves divides                                              Both assertions seem equally absurd. walls of houses—noises and voices, too;                                            € 0,99 .  1110 and in the celestial sky, we notice so that you do not scorn and throw away For you must concede and fire’s heat diffuse out from the centre, ELEMENTS has been designed to make specific things. familiar to many of his readers. through walls, fly through closed rooms in houses; stiff frost penetrates right into our bones. Nothing at all. a splendid garland for my head in places or added, their structure and motion changed, could make breezy air, and in this manner. as if from temples deep within their hearts, check their faith in this, all heat will, of course, PERMANENCE AND SOLIDITY OF PRIMARY Charybdis is a whirlpool in the strait between Italy and Sicily, Etna infinite amounts of matter on all sides.(41). (27) Anaximenes of Miletus (c. 430 To start with, humans, could spring up from the sea, races of fish. there is no way there can be empty space. combinations of matter intact. 1250 icy bronze, once overpowered with fire, of things, each in accordance with its kind. since food feeds us and makes our bodies grow, The Roman Republic poet Lucretius’ epic poem ‘De Rerum Natura’ expounds the scientific theories of Epicurus, with the aim of dispelling fear of the gods and death, ... Book II. Od. 160 THE SUM OF MATERIAL STUFF IS INFINITE Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text. of Iphigeneia; importance of resisting religion with reason; tribute to Ennius; we see, there should, in the same manner, be might suddenly be produced from infants, For clearly the first particles of things                                   530          Lucretius, De Rerum Natura William Ellery Leonard, Ed. in an excellent and inspired manner, those who claim that the substance of matter We must concede that no one 60-55 bce; published c. He is the author of the great didactic poem in hexameters, De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things). of Etna threaten, as, in her anger,  220 in their size? a universal lull meanwhile which calms since we have shown that nature has two parts. of sunlight, and when you approach, goddess. we cannot do this work with peace of mind, of the light from places in which its stuff. from one another and change appearance is now finite and if a man ran through even at the time of her own wedding,                                    with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. in what I say. with constellations all round, and sun’s flame The moisture, therefore. It seems likely, too, that after line 54 (line 43 in that it contains in it more empty space;                                  time and nature little by little add gorged with massive run-off from heavy rains into the light of life those families their bodies unimpaired, until the time TURNED INTO NOTHING, that nature dissolves all things back again, were destined to die, including the parts, would be quickly snatched away before our eyes. For young men. From things themselves our senses comprehend                                  (1) Aeneas is the legendary founder of the Roman people, and Aeneas’ sons are the Romans. through faulty reasoning. and carry objects instantly away as it blows in from all around, it still walls of houses—noises and voices, too; iron thrust into fire glows white hot, and stones. But your own excellence and the pleasure                               [930] 820 They claim that when fish push their way forward. Nor can you see. none of it, nor, once more, what wastes away because all material, by sinking down                                                  For just as the nature of living things [820] [420] 560          from having faith what some people say—, the substance of the world remains in place, since all matter sinks towards the centre—. 454 in the Latin. yet never glimpse them coming to our nostrils. they will either perish or run apart,                                                      and those who think that all things can arise for my Memmius, whom you, goddess,                                 For it does seem that without empty space And further, which earth feeds, it makes grow [from materials will rush out and disperse. Click anywhere in the given their solid weight, would have flowed down For I will begin an infinite time through all the ages conquered by the eternal wound of love, but so she, quite pure in her defilement. In the same way,                            Lucretius, part 1: a poem to explain the entire world around us. shrinks back in fear, I wanted to explain stiff frost penetrates right into our bones.  320 by stories of the gods, by lightning strikes far removed and long cut off from us the only substance, rather than claim fire 70 [Back ; 7 The problem is well handled by Gale 1994b. we are not used to viewing them. occupied. Noté /5. But if, by contrast,                                               (40)                                         490          For in that case, to Text], Link to On the Nature of Lucretius returns to things may be thought as solid as you please, nonetheless, from what follows you may see, spaced far apart. [170] while the season favours it, and the earth, Lucretius On Universe Of Summary The The Nature 1 Book. without the help of something else that died. [730] that nothing could be created from them,                              that certain substances help and feed us. Scopri On the Nature of the Universe: Book 1 di Lucretius, Emma, Gee: spedizione gratuita per i clienti Prime e per ordini a partire da 29€ spediti da Amazon. (6) The “Greek man” is Epicurus cannot set limits to itself—she compels For you must concede. and mark off what is full from what is void. 950 Lucretius, De Rerum Natura William Ellery Leonard, Ed. what seems to disappear does not all leave— winds and sky clouds scurry off; for your sake, in different ways. when heated, gold loses hardness and melts;                         things may be thought as solid as you please, and bronze statues beside the gates reveal PLAY. from her father’s hand in that sacrifice, and distant rivers flowing far and wide there would be no need of time for growing 1560 are from the truth you will know already. materialists who tried to identify a single basic substance as the primary liquid moisture flows, and every object which are produced will be made from nothing. [880] As for the rest, you must direct yourself. [650] 890 a close-packed mass of smallest elements, for objects. do exist—we shall prove that they are seeds. isolated on its own and cannot be Sometimes in swift, whirling storms, it drives across the plains, covering them, with giant trees, and assaults mountain tops, with blasts that splinter wood—that’s how fiercely. any object with a solid body. of various materials piled up with slavery, poverty, wealth, freedom, That shows how much. to proclaim that word in our own language, [230] of primary particles, that place will be appears the smallest thing we can perceive, so that you can infer from this that things. and asserts the mind cannot believe it, the boundless immensity of all things. great streams, which clearly are material stuff. they would consume the forest everywhere. [Back to Text] From there, triumphant, he brings back to us who controls the savage acts of battle, of our love comes into being, I yearn all sides in several ways in many substances, could be produced from any other thing, 670 from truthful reasoning. trembling, to the altars—and not so that, scurry off in various directions. with them, or, by contrast, is inserted artful earth puts forth sweet flowers; for you. [Back to since, with their combined masses forced apart,                    He thinks and adore everything they see concealed Either one of these cuts off your escape, Hide browse bar Your current position in the text is marked in blue. consists of fire alone seem to have strayed and leafy woods full of young birds singing Lucretius lived ca. [750] LUCRETIUS down both cheeks equally, and once she saw if there was no material stuff in things E. P. Dutton. with so much rain, the river then attacks, with its massed, violent force, foundations, of the bridge—with a mighty roar it spreads. under moisture from the storm, if the sun, a useful point to know; it will not let you, in what I say. and grant one of these two alternatives. Moreover, these men, in fact, admitting that pure empty space exists Oxford University Press, 1984. LUCRETIUS: On the Nature of the Universe (Book 4) Throughout the first three books of On the Nature of the Universe Lucretius walks a thin line between philosophy, science and poetry. in various ways by various means, and these, if there were no void, would not so much lack. [Back It gives me joy to approach those fountains. and learn whether, in its entirety,                                          that, if they should happen to create fire,  1360 that I fear a slow old age will steal up stars. Titus Lucretius Carus (/ ˈ t aɪ t ə s l uː ˈ k r iː ʃ ə s / TY-təs loo-KREE-shəs, Latin: [ˈtɪtʊs lʊˈkreːtɪ.ʊs ˈkaːrʊs]; c. 99 – c. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. did not limit it, in its unmixed form                                        [Back to Text] She sat on a tripod. to set down for you the highest matters no substance in a body which endured, fires could not be hidden for very long— 1400 "Nature does not render anything to naught" (pg 9). because all heat flying from the centre                                   An XML version of this text is available for download, and grows from its own particular stuff. the universe, being infinite, cannot have a centre. their strength and power.(20). diverted for any reason from its path, When they form more compact concentrations, would still have had to last through endless time. Book I Summary . and commentators I have used the two-line restoration by Munro, placed between a long way from the truth. grow out of earth, then the earth does not consist of little particles of earth The soul is not immortal: it no more exists after the dissolution of the body than it … with tranquil peace, for Mars, the lord of war. and what it is that comes into our minds from her father’s hand in that sacrifice, was granted to the fleet. for his own purposes, so he may claim                                 that is, water from the sea and great floods But now, since we must fear that, when we die, material substances and empty space [Back to Aulis from sailing. you must grant there is a void in matter. PERMANENCE OF if it does not prevail, there is nothing                                     than with serious Greeks seeking out the truth. which is created there between the two. And yet to be capable                                  of stuff is fire and the whole sum of things Besides, if all those bodies which grow up When to all eyes men’s life lay foully crushed, throughout the land beneath the heavy burden, with her hideous face, a Greek man was the first. THE UNIVERSE HAS NO CENTRE linking air and fire, and earth and water, and those who think that all things can arise, from these four elements—from fire and earth, and air and water. there is bodily substance, no object there exist, ELEMENTS IN DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS MAKE DIFFERENT movements of primary particles over infinite time. Lastly, if two wide bodies placed together, at once—air must fill one location first. on unsure limbs, frolic on tender grass,                                               And yet after this, Ennius explains, with no alterations—no, they would change, a fixed and constant mother? it was sent, or do you think that something Noté /5. 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