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The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

In this intellectual page-turner, Greenblatt focuses on the birth of the Renaissance, as triggered by the 1417 rediscovery of Lucretius’ revolutionary text, On the Nature of Things, a book largely about the world being made of particles called “atoms” and the importance of the restrained seeking of pleasure. Lucretius’ text contained many philosophies we hold as fact today, and sparked massive change. This is a fascinating look at the invention of the modern world.

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ISBN: 9780393064476
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2011