Book 1 of On the Nature of Things by Lucretius

The introduction reminds me of the third person narrative perspective that is found in the beginning of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Lucretius brings honor and praise to Venus.

He hints at what he will talk about while talking about the animals:

"...contrainest them each after its kind to continue their races with desire."

I find it very wonderful how he intermixes in vivid poetry, myths, and philosophy. They all seem to build upon each other. It is quite easy to tell which parts of Lucretius' writing is meant to invoke imagination through vivid imagery.

As a Christian educator, I could learn from Lucretius. The search for truth and knowledge should invoke awe and worship toward God.

Lucretius is appealing Venus (God of Love) to pacify her lover Mars (God of War) in order to provide peace in Rome.

The way that Lucretius introduces Epicurus is hilarious. Everyone is bowing postrate to the gods, and Epicurus is the first person to look around and not die. He gained strength from looking at the heavens which helps him to "travers[e] throughout in mind and spirit the immeasurable universe." What he has done and has brought back after gallivanting  across the universe allows us to be uplifted to the heavens. In other words, we can become like the gods.

What does Epicurus bring? Definitions and Boundaries.

Lucretius clearly defines first principle:
"Nothing is ever gotten out of nothing by divine power."
He expands on the First Principle by discussing concepts like "Conservation of Mass", "Slow and Fast Reactions", Void, passing along of genetic traits, density...

"...all things grow step by step at a fixed time, as is natural, since they all grow from a fixed seed and in growing preserve their kind... there are in the earth first-beginnings of things which by turning up the fruitful clods with the share and labouring the soil of the earth we stimulate to rise."
This quote is useful for education. There are step-wise growth. There is a proper time and season during maturity. In addition, we can see that by tilling the soil, growth of plants can be improved because we are nurturing and cultivating an ideal environment for growth.

Thoughts for Future Consideration

  • I think it would be an amazing idea to create science lessons that can link back to the classics. I'll draft up some lessons in the future.


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