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Lucretius, Nothing Is Knowable, and More (De Rerum Natura, 4.469-477)

“In addition, if anyone thinks nothing can be known, he does not know
whether or not it can be once he confesses that he knows nothing. 148 more words


A Duo of Reason, Science, and a Hint of Atheism

Atheism has been seen all throughout the ages as having been something bad, or evil. Something to stay away from or deny because of the fear of being killed or persecuted. 1,760 more words

Criticism Of Religion

How sweet it is....

From the Oxford Book of Greek verse 338

Suave Mari magnum

φεῦ φεῦ, τί τούτου χάρμα μεῖζον ἂν λάβοις,
τοῦ γῆς ἐπιψαύσαντα κᾆθ’ ὑπὸ στέγῃ 104 more words

Things (not) to say on Valentine's Day: Ancient Greek (and Roman) Comments on Women

Today, we will be talking about the creation of women in Hesiod and misogyny in Greek myth and culture.  Here are some nice passages that dovetail with these topics and Valentine’s Day: 430 more words


Athens Gave us Grain, Law and Epicurus: Lucretius DRN, 6.1-9

“Athens—that famous city—long ago was the first
to give grain-bearing seed to sickly man;
She gave us a new life and created laws
and was the first to give life sweet consolations… 82 more words


Lucretius, de Rerum Natura 3.866-9

“Clearly, there is nothing in death which is to be feared, nor should one be sad when it cannot make the slightest difference whether he had never been born, when immortal death does take away his mortal life.” 31 more words


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