1515 Lucretius

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The last book published before Aldus' death in 1515 was Lucretius’ famous poem, De rarum natura – The Nature of Things – the great Latin statement of Epicurean philosophy: a world made up of atoms which combine to make all things, a world not directed by divine providence, a world in which our concern should be happiness and not worry about the afterlife or the gods. Aldus noted in the preface – to his student and patron, Alberto Pio, that much of the poem is offensive to a Christian, but that there is so much good in it that is is worth reading anyway. The Aldine Dolphin & Anchor are found on the title page and on p272.

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Author(s): 
LUCRETIUS CARO, Titus
Format: 
Octavo