Lucretius and the Epicureans
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The poem of Lucretius (De Rerum Natura: “On the Nature of Things”) is the most powerful work in all of Roman philosophy. Yet hardly anything is known of its author beyond his name, Titus Lucretius Carus, and the approximate dates of his life, c.95-54 BCE. Only one of his contemporaries, Cicero, mentions him:1
The poetry of Lucretius (as you say in your letter) is illuminated by many flashes of genius (ingenium), yet it also shows much craftsmanship (ars). But when you come, I shall think you a hero if you have read the Empedoclea of Sallustius, but hardly a human being.