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Themes

In De rerum natura, Lucretius discusses the qualities of atoms and space and how they make up the world and its inhabitants. He also describes how people should conduct themselves in their relationships with each other and with nature.

War and Friendship

As an Epicurean, Lucretius opposes war and values friendship and cooperation. He carries out these twin themes in De rerum natura, painting dreadful, gruesome pictures of war and pleasant pictures of people enjoying each other's company and supporting each other. Lucretius frequently uses war imagery to illustrate scientific points about atoms and nature. Describing the occurrence of accidents, he introduces the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War that resulted from her abduction. In Book Three, Lucretius explains that there is no reason to fear death, using an illustration from the Peloponnesian Wars to make his point. He writes that during these horrific wars, everyone...

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