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Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
by Ada Palmer (Goodreads Author)
After its rediscovery in 1417, Lucretius's Epicurean didactic poem "De Rerum Natura" threatened to supply radicals and atheists with the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. Scholars could now challenge Christian patterns of thought by employing the theory of atomistic physics, a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena without ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Harvard University Press
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