ON THE NATURE OF THINGS Titus Lucretius Carus – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books

ON THE NATURE OF THINGS Titus Lucretius Carus - FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books
ON THE NATURE OF THINGS Titus Lucretius Carus – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books – De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things) is a 1st-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience.

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Chapter listing and length:

00 – Preface and Remarks on the life and poem of Lucretius — 00:47:52
Read by Leni
01 – Book I, pt 1 – Invocation and Dedication of the poem. Praise of Epicurus. The theory of the atom. — 00:36:30
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02 – Book I, pt 2 – Time doesn’t have a real existence. Atoms are solid and indivisible. Attack on the theory of Empedocles. — 00:29:54
Read by Leni
03 – Book 1, pt 3 – Attack on the theory of Anaxagoras. The universe is boundless, limitless and has no center. Praise of philosophy. — 00:21:56
Read by Leni
04 – Book 2, pt 1 – Praise of philosophy. Properties of the atoms: weight, combination, swiftness. — 00:14:00
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05 – Book 2, pt 2 – Attack on those who refuse the theories of Epicurus. Properties of the atoms: atoms are constantly in motion, and tend to move downwards. Figure, flavor, surface of atoms. The different kinds of atoms are many, but not infinite. — 00:35:11
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06 – Book 2, pt 3 – Compound bodies contain atoms of different figures. The infinite number of atoms moving through infinite space creates an infinite number of bodies. — 00:52:58
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07 – Book 3, pt 1 – Eulogy of Epicurus. Denial of divine power over the world. The fear of gods and the fear of death torment men and lead them into crimes. Difference between mind and soul. Both mind and soul are corporeal,i.e., composed of atoms like the body. — 00:18:13
Read by Anna Simon
08 – Book 3, pt 2 – The substance of the mind and the soul. The soul and the body can’t be separated without destruction of both. Twenty arguments which prove that the soul perishes with the body, contrary to the Pythagorean theory. — 00:47:08
Read by Anna Simon
09 – Book 3, pt 3 – Death is the end of man, and nothing should be feared after it. All suffering happens only during life. All men die, good or bad, and death should be contemplated with calmness and reason. — 00:20:56
Read by Anna Simon
10 – Book 4, pt 1 – Theory of image. Vision is produced by the impact of images on the eye. Senses may be trusted; false opinions arise from false reasoning about the testimony of senses. — 00:50:41
Read by Disego
11 – Book 4, pt 2 – Other senses: sound, taste and odor. Imagination and thought are produced by means of images. The nature of dreams. The use of the organs of the body. — 00:32:01
Read by Disego
12 – Book 4, pt 3 – Motion in animals and motion in images. Sleep and causes of dreams. Love and desire and their influence. — 00:35:07
Read by Disego
13 – Book 5, pt 1 – Praise of Epicurus. The world is not eternal. Heavenly bodies. The world had a beginning and will have an end. — 00:30:07
Read by Corpang
14 – Book 5, pt 2 – Cosmogony according to Epicurus. Causes of the motions of heaven. The magnitude of heavenly bodies and causes of their phenomena: day and night, phases and eclipses of the moon and the sun. The production of plants, animals and man. The existence of monsters. — 00:42:35
Read by mwharr
15 – Book 5, pt 3 – The rudeness of the early life of men. The invention of speech.The discovery of fire, the progress of society. The rise of religion from ignorance of natural causes. The discovery of metals and the progress of the arts. — 00:34:12
Read by Nathan
16 – Book 6, pt 1 – Panegyric on Athens. Meteoric appearances in the heaven. Causes of shooting stars, lightning, thunderbolts. Ridicule of those who attribute the origin of the storms to gods. — 00:35:12
Read by Leni
17 – Book 6, pt. 2 – Origin of water-spouts, clouds, rain, rainbow, earthquakes and other phenomena. About the seas and volcanoes. About rivers and lakes. — 00:31:57
Read by Anna Simon
18 – Book 6, pt. 3 – About the temperature of waters. About magnets and why metals are attracted to them. About the origin and cause of diseases. Description of the plague that depopulated Athens during the Peloponnesian war. — 00:38:28
Read by Philippa

Total running time: 10:54:52
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Dedicated Proof-Listener: Karen Merline
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