Lucretius in the Modern World
By (author) W. R. Johnson
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Lucretius in the Modern World by W. R. Johnson
Book DescriptionThis book offers an extensive description of the poem, with special emphasis on its cheerful version of materialism and on its attempt to devise an ethical system that suits such a universe. It surveys major relevant texts form the eighteenth and ninetheenth centuries (Dryden, Diderot, Voltaire, Tennyson, Santayana) and speculates on why Lucretius and the ancient scientific tradition he championed has become marginalised in the twentieth century. It closes with a discussion of what value the poem has for students of science and technology in the new century: what advice it has to offer us about how to go about reinventing our machines and our morality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780715628829
(234mm x 156mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Bristol Classical Press
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W. R. Johnson
Darkness Visible, Paperback (March 2015)
With an approach to the text that is both grounded in scholarship and intensely personal, and in a style both rhetorically elegant and passionate, this book offers readings of specific passages that are nuanced and suggestive as it focuses on the "somber and nourishing fictions" in Vergil's poem.
Essential Metamorphoses, Hardback (September 2011)
A selection of myths at the heart of Roman mythology and literature that manages to relate many of the episodes in that world-historical march toward the Age of Augustus and accompanied by an Introduction that deftly sets them in their cosmological, theological, and Augustan contexts.
Metamorphoses, Hardback (September 2010)» View all books by W. R. Johnson
A translation of Ovid's "Metamorphoses".
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Author Biography - W. R. Johnson
W.R. Johnson is John Matthews Manly Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on Latin literature, including "Darkness" "Visible" and "Horace and the Dialectic of Freedom."
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