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Lucretius   (Titus Lucretius Carus) [Astro*Index]


(BC95-55) Roman philosopher and poet.

Named Titus Lucretius Carus, he was born and died at Rome. He viewed the universe as the product of evolution, and divided human history into Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages. His lengthy poem De Natura Rerum (On the Nature of Things) was published in BC56, but was unknown during the Middle Ages. Not until AD1417, just after the appearance of Gutenberg's press, was the sole surviving manuscript discovered. Following the views of Epicurus, this poem sets forth the theory that all things, including the mind and soul, are composed of atoms, thus expanding further upon the theories of Democritus.



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