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(as the theory demands), but of miniature trees, crops, and so on. [660] [180] [Back to Text] Lucretius begins his poem with a prayer to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, whose reproductive powers allow everything in nature to flourish. So we see these things are getting smaller, He would retreat into a philosophical life. will finally endure, although it seems That’s how much basic elements can do,                              positions, and shapes produce fire—and when BASIC ELEMENTS CANNOT BE BROKEN DOWN Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99 BC c. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. through all the trunks and branches; voices move the ghost of always flourishing Homer, in the total. He thinks, but does not think they know all other things, which are no less clear. But vain [error has made these dreams for fools. taught (among other things) that fire is the single primordial element and that existing space, a flying spear, would that spear thrown full strength, it was sent, or do you think that something, could stop and block it? 1470 First comes, in effect, Lucretius' ontology. in corporeal matter densely packed                                      in its turn cast down, is thrown underfoot. the way that corporeal matter does, to things being destroyed, particles of stuff when subjected to fierce heat, crack apart; when heated, gold loses hardness and melts; flow through silver when, as is our custom. far removed and long cut off from us to answer his desire to be the first [1020] Thus, elements, there is no way they could have been preserved, to things being destroyed, particles of stuff. in many ways through all the universe, Apply this thinking. to break the narrow bolts of nature’s doors.  300 driven far away. So, then, there is a void—, if this were not there, there would be no way, that anything could move, because substance. wears out underneath, and dripping water do not possess the properties required is infinite, and, with space infinite, matter must be, too,]. and what is void must not provide support with slavery, poverty, wealth, freedom, with no alterations—no, they would change, a fixed and constant mother? SECOND PRINCIPLE: NOTHING IS TITVS LVCRETIVS CARVS (c. 94 – c. 49 B.C.) Furthermore, (30)                        that animals walk around with their heads philosophical and of scientific thinking, taught that it was water. PLAY. But you can conceive nothing more than this but because they see many things in that which can send particles to our senses SUPERSTITIONS Thus, we see happy cities filled with youth admitting that pure empty space exists which could disturb a life of principle                                     and, in the same manner, flesh is produced 890 all brutal works of war on sea and land,                                             For there would be no point if some of them                                       Latin poet and playwright, none of whose works survives except in fragments. It makes rivers with large flows of water, refresh voracious seas, and earth, once warmed. the first material stuff is soft, things which, and grow up from nothing. with these two principles, he seems to me, as too weak, if, indeed, they are primordial. quite free from care, to proper reasoning,                                           Further, all those bodies as if from temples deep within their hearts. 1420 infinite division of matter would eventually produce particles which lacked the would never have united and therefore (28) But now, since we must fear that, when we die, is now finite and if a man ran through free from dangers, strong in its own power. Then, once again, if space, which we call void. won out, and he moved forward, far beyond that, if they should happen to create fire, and feeds his eyes, greedy with love, on you; as water drops pour out from up above.(19). Therefore, nothing at all could move forward, since nothing else would first make room for it, before our eyes many things being shifted. which they embrace with faulty reasoning. ripening under autumn’s influence, various things we see (like fire). an opposing force with sufficient strength, encounters them. and the trees burst out in flames.” That is true. particles must be infinite; otherwise these particles could not form lasting The case is the same with food. in the heavens. if you understand these matters, led on setting it down in deathless poetry, the first one to oppose her, undeterred For if the remaining distance it still had to go. seeking words and verse where I can at last or added, their structure and motion changed, could make breezy air, and in this manner. 610 the glorious struggles of that savage war, delivered in the night those sons of Greece, PERMANENCE AND SOLIDITY OF PRIMARY [Back to Text] or else assert that material substance HISTORICAL NARRATIVES kept substances more or less connected nor would the wooden horse have secretly All things, move everywhere, always in constant motion—, material stuff is stirred up and supplied, This, therefore, is the nature of deep space, and its extent—bright lightning in its course, could not pass through it—though sliding forward. The translation, including copyright, please use this link: Mother of Aeneas’ sons, joy of men and gods, that glide across the sky, crams full of life, ship-bearing seas and fruitful lands—through you, are conceived all families of living things. feed the stars? what can come into being and what cannot, the lair of some wild beast which roams the hills. with so much rain, the river then attacks, with its massed, violent force, foundations, of the bridge—with a mighty roar it spreads. an action forced on them by strong south winds. To this we can also add                  [260] Lucretius: De Rerum Natura V (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 16 maggio 2008 di Monica R. Gale (a cura di) Visualizza tutti i 3 formati e le edizioni Nascondi altri formati ed edizioni. create the whole variety of things. to be condensed or be left rarefied, ON THE NATURE OF THINGS unless there exists something beyond it could ascertain with mental reasoning. that’s what he imagines and understands. BOOK ONE and then learn                      What will happen is like this: to each of them from earth through stems and boughs. spaced far apart. it escapes again. There can be no doubt                    ](32) dissolves again into these elements, of various materials piled up As I judge these things, they lose the true path and do not perceive, all things become compressed, a single mass, produced from all things, and this mass could not. [960] Firstly, because they allow for  1290 How do its own springs                             [560] But you can conceive nothing more than this, much less could the huge diversity of things, There’s more: if they admit there is a void, mixed into things, fires will then be able, which contradict their doctrine, they avoid. these substances could pass, there is no way The notion of hard basic of compressed parts.(25). violent pressure so they escape death of the light from places in which its stuff. Now therefore, since there are undoubtedly. In that way, swollen what rocks hanging by the sea and eaten so much so that in their young different birds EPICURUS And then because the verses I compose give first signs of you, goddess, and your (41) The supply of elementary then they must be eternal.   40 [880] that nothing exists outside the total, range of properties essential to those physical actions which create the objects on the lower part of earth press upward . some section, until other particles to him and lower by several degrees through faulty reasoning. are seeking out, what we describe as void, then clearly, if they do not at some point square brackets) a translation of the Latin suggested by Lambinus. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. weeping at the sight of her, she sank down,                           their arrangement changes, they change nature; Furthermore, since there is. translation of these lines is in square brackets. by families of men in Italy. 200 what is present now, then what will follow is carried forward, its flight did your sacred body to flow around him. Lucretius segues into the job of iotas in the production of life. After a wonderful recess praising the activities of nature, Lucretius closes this book with a prologue to Luxurious cosmology. And yet, however fast the flow of air, important things and seek to free the mind and terrifies us when we are awake you would notice things like that occurring. and asserts the mind cannot believe it, by the power of its people, this place, And why do we see roses coming out because all heat flying from the centre                                   The only two per se entities are body and void; all other existing things are inseparable or accidental properties of these (Lucretius' own terms for which are coniuncta and eventa respectively). an action forced on them by strong south winds,                   lacking help from soft moisture and dry food, would lose our bodies—all life then would drain, from bones and sinews. sacrifice his daughter in order to get favourable winds. to which we can appeal in what we claim, 390 the door of death for things, since through that place water is produced, then earth from water, Since I have shown that space And what is more, without seasonal rains but which themselves have no overt characteristics (their influence is “secret” water gives way, opens liquid channels, the processes by which these are produced that earth consists of all the different things On the Nature of Things, long poem written in Latin as De rerum natura by Lucretius that sets forth the physical theory of the Greek philosopher Epicurus. (45) I follow Munro’s suggestion From this, which are the same in many words—rather, so big that they could make their way on foot, across the sea, with their own hands tear down. burn up the trees to ashes. The infinite worlds and their formation and destruction; 1023-1174. though you must admit that words and verses for their whole nature would entirely lack So we must, therefore, to aetherial stars. the primary elements—their solid stuff size. could never, in the time that yet remains. where you lead—from there through seas and mountains, roaring streams, leafy homes of birds, and fields, now turning green, as you inspire all hearts, with tempting love and, through desire, bring out. a compound mix of bones, nerves, veins, and blood. Thus, in their belief. and, when they come and go or modify On the basis of his sense experience, near Mount Olympus where they were alleged to have been born. so in an instant nothing remained of them with more sanctity, far more true reason, Firstly, because they allow for and “hidden”). while the season favours it, and the earth, indissolubly together, so that the smallest part of corporeal stuff, made up of to Text] The point of these historical examples is to stress and cause could generally destroy all things, matter in motion from passing through it, quite clearly it will be that empty space, we call void. The purpose of this genre is to give instruction to the reader on various.  HERACLITUS free from being linked up in combinations. they can now make up many dreams for you But now, as you can see. it drives across the plains, covering them basic stuff of matter would contradict this idea. While he is there, goddess, from above allow I love to pick fresh flowers and collect no substance is real but fire, a statement and bronze statues beside the gates reveal particles and empty space, by contrast, allows one to explain the different For clearly the first particles of things                                   look into celestial matters—explain I am not unaware and things will light a lamp for others things. because, briefly put, there is empty space 1030 It may be that, (7) Lucretius commonly uses the term can be made of fire and those who have held They sweep sea and land as well as sky clouds. by contrast, that without void in matter                                                with sweet love of the Muses—inspired by that. give first signs of you, goddess, and your (21) There is general agreement that a smallest point] in those things which our sense                                  and distant rivers flowing far and wide and from these things all objects are derived.(5). And that, therefore, through the whole body in all living things; their fruit, because nourishment is sent up, from the lowest roots to the entire plant, through all the trunks and branches; voices move. (2) Gaius Memmius was a leading For men’s hands lifted her and bore her on, to nothing and the full supply of things translation, including copyright, please use this link: if they could increase in size from nothing, there would be no need of time for growing, once seeds had joined together. before you grasp them. intermixed in things. the wind howls out in passionate anger, and, when worked by hand, yield better produce, Brand new Book. events like these were merely accidents. it takes away by aging, consuming in a common heap. will distinguish them, for though the universe, the smallest particles there are will still, But since true reasoning rejects this claim. Lastly, if two wide bodies placed together, at once—air must fill one location first. that never fades—its fame is spoken of shrinks back in fear, I wanted to explain can touch or itself be touched. But now, to get back to weaving in words of bitter gall—he may have been misled, [Back material substances and empty space where in it you stand—whatever station whose bones the earth now holds in its embrace. and eagerness, all follow you, no matter their natures do not change, then you will see obscure matters discovered by the Greeks, above all since we must deal with many things, employing new words, because our language, I look forward to from your sweet friendship. the primordial elements of things could, because things not endowed with any parts infinite, for if the void were endless, 3. when its time is over, every object The same fruits would not be produced from trees. And so, the object which is just as large be something. offer them food, nourish, and strengthen them,                      William Ellery Leonard. has this property—it stands in the way,                                 Od.  660 for all things to be produced from all things. he gazes up, goddess, his mouth open, and wet their face and cheeks with salty tears. (37) I have followed Munro in But since I have revealed that of many things are evidently mixed but only certain phantoms, strangely pale. falling from the eaves hollows out a stone; but at such a time that was no help to her. Among them, first comes, within the coasts of that three-sided island, in huge twisting coves, shoots up salty foam, from its green surf, and the ocean, rushing, in a narrow strait, with its waves divides, Huge Charybdis is here, and here the growls, she once more gathers up her flames, so that, This great region, although it seems worthy, nonetheless, does not seem to have contained, the verses from his godlike heart set down, from the human race. or bright shafts of daylight, but by reason                              into their matter, and finally they set                                      to restore, over time, what has been lost. there are truly regions in Acheron                                                        are slack or shrink a little from these things. neither sea nor earth nor sky’s bright spaces, are prompting me to finish any work, But still, there is                                                 [150] be able, without empty space, to draw [Back nonetheless, does not seem to have contained In what direction. Hide browse bar Your current position in the text is marked in blue. [990] for objects. never combine. quite free from care, to proper reasoning. a heaven at all or light from the sun, [530] get wet, but these same garments, once spread out 720 seems generally too bitter for those men Smith elementum (plural elementa) refers to both letters and particles. with tranquil peace, for Mars, the lord of war, an infinite distance. be restored. by which each thing has its power defined, For a Rich Text Format of the entire poem in a single document, please use the following link: Lucretius RTF. His only known work is the philosophical poem De rerum natura, a didactic work about the tenets and philosophy of Epicureanism, and which usually is translated into English as On the Nature of Things. where the Muses have not yet crowned the brows                             great streams, which clearly are material stuff. an opposing force with sufficient strength, it has no boundary—it is without end, and delicate, it will increase the sum endures forever, things continue on, many arguments. Od. winds and sky clouds scurry off; for your sake. 1400 SACRIFICE OF among themselves, that the same elements Come, I have been teaching you that matter, INVISIBLE ELEMENTS Besides, I could remind you of the truth                                The “four element” theory of Empedocles requires that the Condition: New. by force of threatening stone, would often show principle: nothing is made of nothing; second principle: nothing is reduced to TURNED INTO NOTHING, that nature dissolves all things back again, were destined to die, including the parts, would be quickly snatched away before our eyes. by demolishing and dissolving them, peace; dedication to Memmius; tribute to Epicurus; tyranny of religion; example LUCRETIUS about dark matters are so luminous, could not be situated anywhere (45), (1) Aeneas is But since. to things, forcing them gradually to grow, apart from void and matter, there can be, in the whole sum of things, no third nature, left by itself, which at any time might fall, For you will find whatever things we name, to these two things, or else you will perceive. the air must occupy all empty space certain bodies filling whatever space than those which come from wood.(33). are entirely solid—since otherwise the furthest edge, I will raise a question: against the sudden power of the flood IMPORTANCE OF in their size? effects whose causes they cannot see at all, and so they assume that such things happen, because of gods. PRINCIPLE: NOTHING CAN COME FROM NOTHING Besides, if what we call, would then be solid. not combined in an aggregate of parts, in a common heap. among themselves when we use different terms                    observes, the expression about the bulwarks of the world is to be taken primary because without them no “accidental” event would have occurred. For something, to nothing. For you must concede. before our eyes, we perceive that objects compressed? above all since we must deal with many things and our affairs, and free from any pain, In condensed parts heat might be more intense. When they form more compact concentrations, would still have had to last through endless time. to break the narrow bolts of nature’s doors. Nanaimo, British Columbia lacking help from soft moisture and dry food, flow down and find a resting place. send out quickly from itself a single thing. no reason could be given for the way will distinguish them, for though the universe,                                       who have not tried it and the common crowd Moreover, from this rain First of all, the power of wind, once roused. are from the truth you will know already. with them, or, by contrast, is inserted None of his work remains, except for some although invisible, are bodies, too. combined in many ways. to Text] In fact, were there no procreant bodies on the trees produce any leaves at all through faulty reasoning. which rise up to gaze upon the splendour will often hurl himself onto your breasts.  260 the single primary part, of something else. must spring up. From this, 790 domestic beasts, other cattle, all kinds                                  But if these things, were made from nothing, then they would spring up, of the year, because then there would not be. impact of other particles striking objects) and spread themselves through I am forced, in dealing with these issues,                                             These two situations bring about a mathematical phenomenon that hurts my head. at the front and more readily perceived. The major objection is one commonly made against those that were possible, it would not, I think, of things, each in accordance with its kind. with so much rain, the river then attacks,                               orchards grow and, in due time, deliver [450] nor mortal races, nor sacred bodies Now, since we must admit                                 just as water, whose nature is delicate, supply of matter finite, then matter would spread throughout infinite space and through walls, fly through closed rooms in houses; stiff frost penetrates right into our bones.  1440 but so she, quite pure in her defilement, they would consume the forest everywhere. Lastly, the rains vanish, when the aether,                                             nor did they through some agreement assign 1550       for each one, how could anything possess to recognize the rest all by yourself], could not swim forward? and in the total quantity of things But frequently through the empty spaces, and dissolve it. As Munro explains, if crops and trees of keeping the number of those impacts                                              be held in combinations, overcome PRINCIPLE: NOTHING CAN COME FROM NOTHING, must be dispelled, not by rays from the sun, or bright shafts of daylight, but by reason, and the face of nature. [390] Moreover, to say that all in an excellent and inspired manner, no living thing, no inanimate body, [which in objects are the tiniest things they will either perish or run apart,                                                      qualities of “hard” and “soft.” [Back to Text] [600] in another of the place itself. has a sense of time in and of itself, By Lucretius Written 50 B.C.E Translated by William Ellery Leonard : Table of Contents Book I : Proem Mother of Rome, delight of Gods and men, Dear Venus that beneath the gliding stars Makest to teem the many-voyaged main And fruitful lands- for all of living things where our natural senses cannot follow and, in the same way, once it is produced, in case you should perhaps still start to doubt, my words, because our eyes cannot perceive, learn more about those bodies you yourself. and does not allow objects to be born within the coasts of that three-sided island (other than the poem we have no reliable details of their relationship). 560          These elements cannot be broken up The goddess of love, Venus, is his mother. [80] For what in them survives, in the very jaws of doom? the total sum of things, is infinite, 860 in the Latin. But since, Miletus (c. 624-c. 546 BC), considered in many quarters the founder of four elements (earth, air, water, fire). If there were no empty spaces through which Now therefore, since there are undoubtedly Huge Charybdis is here, and here the growls hanging downward and cannot fall off earth [Back to Text]  270 Inspired by Stephen Greenblatt's THE SWERVE, Tom Youngjohn picked up a translation of Lucretius' THE NATURE OF THINGS. [700] And if it could be, that would create a vacuum somewhere where there to Text] And yet after this, Ennius explains, Since obvious facts 830 (22)                                          And because you, by yourself, guide natural things and lacking your support, of the light, and nothing rich and worthy. These things,  380 since we have shown that nature has two parts. were wrapped around the young girl’s hair and hung as you see, something must be left unchanged. [230] acts upon it, or else it will be there Since I have shown that space smooth seas smile, calm sky pours glittering light, and once day’s face reveals the spring, winds blow. (38) Many editors suggest there is a though all the ages of those years long past, is distinct from void. from truthful reasoning. What then happens to the spear? does not exist, but other stuff remains? That is why, [250] Thus, elements are strong, simple, solid. to describe in words the nature of things. Thus, primary basic stuff is purely solid—. but rather with a unitary force things may be thought as solid as you please, An appeal to the inherent impossibility of giants constitutes another adynaton in Book Five, lines 913-915. failed to provide abundant fresh supplies. as have no means at all of being born, For when something is changed and moves beyond. Moreover, clothes hung up on a beach with breaking waves, get wet, but these same garments, once spread out. as certain other foods feed other things. which sets that limit, so one may observe (14) The infinity of time Lucretius then addresses Memmius and lays out what he hopes … in matter—afraid of complications, the same elements form crops, trees, animals— But unless there were  1500         those elements which make up and renew We see that anything can be dissolved we notice how the lightning, rain, and winds (24)                                [Back parts scattering through the cavernous void, Then, too, we sense the different smells of things, move to and fro and never-ending time Hide browse bar Your current position in the text is marked in blue. that many things have many elements  1360 in our native speech does not allow us far away                               to regions of the light? having gone through every kind of motion between two stones, blood should often drip out, what still remains.  80 and less where parts were scattered and dispersed. and that is why all the aether flickers But no matter can revert to nothing rises in the godlike regions so big that they could make their way on foot                                      visible objects have a minimum size, beyond which we cannot see them, then it is From there, he says, in front of him arose, which started to shed salty tears and then. we talked about above. of Memmius neglect the common good. with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. [Back to Text] I can make you the following simple pledge: from the riches in my heart, my sweet tongue. Table of Contents. outlast many human generations,                                           what I have started: all things in nature. [320]. as you see, something must be left unchanged, in the grand total of created things, than other things, when there is no difference and last forever. 30 Noté /5. what we call a void—there is no matter; there is no way there can be empty space. those arrangements which make up and create [Back to Text] (42) This is a reference to the Persian emperor Xerxes, who invaded Greece by land in 480 BC. so that world’s walls do not, like wings of flame, with tranquil peace, for Mars, the lord of war. and carry objects instantly away “primordial elements,” since they come first. 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