By Alicia Stallings
Lucretius' poem On the character of Things combines a systematic and philosophical treatise with a number of the maximum poetry ever written. With excessive ethical fervour he demonstrates to humanity that during loss of life there's not anything to worry because the soul is mortal, and the realm and every thing in it's ruled by way of the mechanical legislation of nature and never via gods; and that through believing this males can reside in peace of brain and happiness. He bases this at the atomic idea expounded by way of the Greek thinker Epicurus, and maintains with an exam of sensation, intercourse, cosmology, meteorology, and geology, all of those topics made extra appealing by means of the poetry with which he illustrates them.
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