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Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 3.41-58: Peril Shows the True Character of a Man

“For men often claim that disease and a life
of a bad reputation should be feared more than Tartaros.
And they claim they know that the nature of the soul is like blood… 270 more words


The Winston’s Diary Guide to Winter Storms 2015

As I don’t want to leave my New England readers out in the cold, I wanted to write a short article with some suggestions on what to do for those trapped inside by the blizzard. 751 more words

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For Epicurus, human suffering is always finite: “if it is slight, he says, you may despise it, if it is great it will not be long.”  1,139 more words


Heraclitus, the General of Fools: Lucretius, de Rerum Natura (1.635-44)

“On that account, those who think that the material element of all things is fire, and that the sum total of things is composed of fire alone, seem to have fallen quite far away from the path of true reason. 137 more words


Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 4.364-374: Shadows, Appearances and Light

“Our shadows seem to us to move in the sun,
To follow our footsteps and imitate our gestures—
If you can believe that air without light moves, 154 more words


Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 5.218-227: Children, Shipwrecked into Life

“Why does nature nourish and increase the races
of horrible beasts, enemies to humankind on land and sea?
Why do the seasons of the year bring diseases? 139 more words


Pope Damasus on Torture

Pope Damasus I (b. 305-ish, d. 385) was keen to promote veneration for the martyrs of the early Christian church. In order to achieve this he, among other things, composed… 568 more words