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The #Lucretius Meme Campaign

SocietyofEpicurus.com has published a series of memes based on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), the 1st-Century great Epicurean masterpiece which proposed natural explanations for things that inspired superstitious fear and awe in ancient man (like the orbits of planets and lightening), explained their early theory of the atom and of natural selection, proposed that there was an innumerable quantity of worlds with life in them, and many other fascinating ideas that are still considered progressive today.  88 more words

Materialism

Death as a Value

Death, prima facie, is a distressing prospect. The anxiety that it provokes upon reflection would seem to reveal unambiguous consequences; namely, that death – the secession of consciousness – is an evil, for it is difficult to reason why one would fear that which is good. 2,408 more words

Atheism

The News of War Corrupts our Public Discourse: Ennius, Annales fr. Book viii. 252-8

Ennius, Annales book 8, 262-8

“After the battles are well-known
Wisdom is publicly rejected, affairs are pursued with force,
A good speaker is spurned, and the wretched warrior is loved. 261 more words

Latin

Lucretius: Is religion evil?

Lucretius, in his book On the Nature of Things, sets down the tragic story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia to appease the gods, and posits the age old question. 91 more words

Evil

On spoken word poetry and the truth.

Poetry, to me, is the best medium for the written word. When you combine metre, rhyme, and structure to a story or concept and then tell a tale with it, you maximise the potential for greatness. 731 more words

Philosophy

Free Will, Schmee Will

But of making many notes there is no end!

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It may be asked what the putative purpose of these notes is. 5,305 more words

De La Philosophie Impure

The Kerchief of Time

The next episode of the User’s Guide to Thucydides will be posted by the end of the week, I promise – not least because there may then be a pause as I flee the country for a bit of rest and relaxation before the Classical Association Conference in Bristol after Easter. 729 more words

Musings