Lucretius

On the Nature of Things

circa 10 - 20

Why is it canonical?

De Rerum Natura, or The Nature of Things, is an epicurean didactic poem that outlines Epicurean philosophy and metaphysics. It introduces the idea of particles, or atoms, forming the basis of all things. This concept of "atomism", as well as the discussion of the Epicurean tent of seeking pleasure, had an outsized influence on humanist thinkers seeking an alternative to the philosophy and teachings of scholasticism and church doctrine.

Creators

Lucretius

Locations

Rome

Languages

Latin

Images and Videos

Lucretius

Inset from a translation of De Rerum Natura

Resources

Full text of On the Nature of Things