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A Reading of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura

By Lee Fratantuono
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Isbn : 1498511554
  • Pages : 518
  • Category : Philosophy
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This book offers a comprehensive commentary on Lucretius' De Rerum Natura, the earliest surviving full scale epic poem from ancient Rome.

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