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Lu·cre·tius

 (lo͞o-krē′shəs, -shē-əs) Full name Titus Lucretius Carus. 96?-55? bc.
Roman philosopher and poet. His long poem On the Nature of Things expounds the atomistic physics of Epicurus in order to free its readers of superstition and the fear of death.

Lu·cre′tian (-shən) adj.

Lucretius

(luːˈkriːʃɪəs)
n
(Biography) full name Titus Lucretius Carus. ?96–55 bc, Roman poet and philosopher. In his didactic poem De rerum natura, he expounds Epicurus' atomist theory of the universe
Luˈcretian adj

Lu•cre•tius

(luˈkri ʃəs)

n.
(Titus Lucretius Carus) 97?–54 B.C., Roman poet and philosopher.
Lu•cre′tian, adj.
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Lucretius

[luːˈkriːʃəs] NLucrecio

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References in classic literature ?
Lucretius the poet, when he beheld the act of Agamemnon, that could endure the sacrificing of his own daughter, exclaimed: Tantum Religio potuit suadere malorum.
{*2} Ils ecrivaient sur la Philosophie (Cicero, Lucretius, Seneca) mais c'etait la Philosophie Grecque.
The Roman poet Lucretius, also an Epicurean, was a much sterner critic of his aristocratic patron Memmius than Philodemus was of Piso.
A key point in Nature's God is that American deism was energized in large part by Lucretius's famous philosophical poem, De rerum natura ("On the Nature of Things," sometimes referred to simply as "Lucretius").
Specifically, the book argues that William Blake, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Percy Shelley return to Lucretius, and the atomistic materialism of De Rerum Natura, as a consciously anachronistic tactic to disrupt and unsettle the scientific discourses of the day.
Who among us hasn't whispered those words while piecing together disparate plotlines in a novel, or drew blanks at the use of symbolism and allusion practiced by certain intellectual writers -- subtle references to Lucretius, Montaigne's thoughts on idleness, Jane Austen's powder room routines, or some other tidbit from literature's deep well?
Among the topics are Zeus as (rider of) the thunderbolt: a brief remark on some of his epithets, a note on [Aristotle] Problemata 26.61: spider webs as weather signs, Charicleia's identity and the structure of Heliodorus' Aethiopica, granting Epicurean wisdom at Rome: exchange and reciprocity in Lucretius' didactic (De Rerum Natura 1.921-950), and four passages in Propertius' last book of elegies.
The poem was written in the first century BCE by Titus Lucretius
Changing the Subject consists of twelve chapters, one devoted to each of the following: Socrates, Plato, Lucretius, Augustine, Montaigne, Hobbes, Hegel, Nietzsche, Lukacs, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Adorno.
I am fascinated, too, by the thought that Smith--and Jefferson and Hume and Voltaire and Newton and Spinoza and all the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, who began to imagine a world of spontaneous order--might not have done so without the fluky rediscovery six hundred years ago this year of Lucretius, that fearless materialist of ancient Rome (Greenblatt 2012).
This years symposium featured discussions on Lucretius and on the history, present and future, of the Epicurean tradition.