LibriVox recording of On the Nature of Things (Munro translation) by Titus Lucretius Carus. (Translated by H. A. J. Munro.) Read in English by Pamela Nagami Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99-55 BC), the author of "De Rerum Natura" or "On the Nature of Things," was a Roman poet and philosopher. The work, a didactic poem expounding the teachings of Epicurus, often rises to sublime and lyrical heights. Lucretius enjoins us to shun superstitious fears and religious rituals. The universe is governed by the laws of matter and energy. The world, like ourselves, is mortal. But the philosophic materialism of Lucretius does not impair his awestruck delight in the spectacle of the heavens, in the play of dust motes in a beam of light, in the sight of molten metals, or of the fierce breed of lions, or of horses surging from a starting gate. And above all, Lucretius is interested in his fellow human beings, who though fearful, are also the curious observers of everything around them. (Summary by Pamela Nagami, M.D.) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
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April 25, 2022 Subject:
I greatly enjoyed this book, only now realizing, at age 75, that I am an Epicurian! I haven't read any other translations but Munro made it easy to understand, and narrator Pamela Nagami made it soooo easy to listen to. It's a long book but I was nodding my head pretty much the whole time, to lots of common sense observing that we all do, but don't ever think to write down. 5 stars in every category.