CT253 Lecture Notes - Epicurus, Lucretius, Vulgate

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Ancients and Moderns
October 31, Week 8
Wednesday
when did lucretius live: 1st century
where: rome
title of the book he wrote: on the nature of things
bracciolini: italian book hunter
what era: renaissance
look at renaissance as turning point in civilization, turn away from dark ages and be reinvigorated and
fresh.
Renaissance is known as new developments in art and literature.
Trying to sugggest in book, says painting somehow has an impact on the creation of the modern world
and individual
Poggio Bracciolini
One of the manuscripts he turns up written around 50 CE by a poet/philosopher named Titus Lucretius
Carus
on the trail of classical works of antiquity that they knew existed in the monastery’s but had fallen off
the map and wanted to find, translate and re introduce into culture.
Manuscripts:
it does not appear in the older greek manuscripts, nor in the oldest latin vulgate manuscripts, nor in the
passage as quoted by many of the early church fathers
there is no original, all we have is copies or copies of copies of copies
epicurus ingredients to happiness: friends, financially independant, not responsible to bosses, an
analyzed life (life in which we take time off to analyze)
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Renaissance is known as new developments in art and literature. Trying to sugggest in book, says painting somehow has an impact on the creation of the modern world and individual. One of the manuscripts he turns up written around 50 ce by a poet/philosopher named titus lucretius. Carus on the trail of classical works of antiquity that they knew existed in the monastery s but had fallen off the map and wanted to find, translate and re introduce into culture.

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