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Lucretius on Death and Anxiety Poetry and Philosophy in de RERUM NATURA

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ISBN-10: 1400861292

ISBN-13: 9781400861293

Edition: 1990

Authors: Charles Segal

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In a fresh interpretation of Lucretius's On the Nature of Things, Charles Segal reveals this great poetical account of Epicurean philosophy as an important and profound document for the history of Western attitudes toward death. He shows that this poem, aimed at promoting spiritual tranquillity, confronts two anxieties about death not addressed in Epicurus's abstract treatment--the fear of the process of dying and the fear of nothingness. Lucretius, Segal argues, deals more specifically with the body in dying because he draws on the Roman concern with corporeality as well as on the rich traditions of epic and tragic poetry on mortality.Segal explains how Lucretius's sensitivity to the…    
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List price: $193.25
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/14/2014
Pages: 292
Language: English