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By W. H. Mallock

Lucretius on Life and Death

 

Lucretius (ca. 55 BCE) left us the most extensive exposition of the happiness philosophy of Epicurus we have remaining from the ancient world, a philosophy mirrored by that of Persia’s Omar Khayyám.

 

W. H. Mallock brilliantly married the two in 1900, by producing a short poetic summary of each section of Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, written in the same poetic meter as The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

 

In this free companion volume to Hiram Crespo’s Tending the Epicurean Garden, past AHA Executive Director Fred Edwords provides an explanatory Foreword and a valuable glossary of Lucretius’ and Mallock’s allusions.

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