Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Lucretius, Epicurus, and Prehistory
Author(s): Daniel R. Blickman
Source: Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Vol. 92 (1989), pp. 157-191
Published by: Department of the Classics, Harvard University
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LUCRETIUS, EPICURUS, AND PREHISTORY
DANIEL R. BLICKMAN
F the many topics treated by Lucretius in his survey of Epicurean
philosophy, one that has attracted considerable attention in recent
decades is his account of the origin and progress of human civilization
at the end of the fifth book of the De Rerum Natura. Two of the most
difficult issues raised by this account of prehistory are its structure and