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In existographies, Lucretius (2054-2010 BE) (99-55 BCM) (IQ:180|#86) (ID:4.04|44) (Cattell 1000:209) (RGM:612|1,350+) (PR:708|65AE / philosopher:55) (Becker 139:106|3L) (Simmons 100:73) (Hugo 14:6) (FA:30) (EVT:6) (CR:285) (LH:40) (TL:325|#20) was a Greek philosopher, noted for his 60BC On the Nature of Things, wherein he outlines the basics of atomic theory, as defined by Epicurus, as the explanatory model of all phenomena.


In 60BC, Lucretius, took some 300 scrolls of Epicurus, and penned On the Nature of Things, a poem style book, that outlined the basics of atomic theory. The book was dedicated to Gaius Memmius (c.100-49BC)[1], a wealthy Roman orator, politician, and poet, whom Lucretius was said to have wanted to win over to Epicurean view.



Lucretius was influenced by: Epicurus.


Lucretius influenced: Cicero, who wrote to his brother favorably about reading On the Nature of Things, Hero, Plotinus, Poggio Bracciolini, who rediscovered and reprinted his work (1417), and everyone thereafter, namely: Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas More, Giordano Bruno, Francis Bacon, Daniel Sennert, Galileo, Rene Descartes, Pierre Gassendi, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Denis Diderot, Baron Holbach, Goethe, and Percy Shelley.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Lucretius:

De la Nature is prolix, and in many parts whimsical; but contains some of the boldest reasonings to be found in print.”
David Hume (1764), “Letter to Hugh Blair”, Apr 26[2]; cited by Philipp Blom (2010), in A Wicked Company (pg. 157), albeit as an anachronistic misattribution this to Baron Holbach's System of Nature (1770)

Quotes | By

The following are quotes:

“Now of necessity you must admit that sensate things must even so consist of insensate atoms. From the insensate, animal life is born.”
— Lucretius (60BC), On the Nature of Things (line #); cited by Jennifer Hecht (2003) in Doubt (pg. 147) [3]

End matter


  1. Gaius Memmius – Wikipedia.
  2. Burton, John H. (1846), Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume Two (pg. 196). Tate.
  3. Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt, A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson (senstate things, pg. 147). HarperOne.


  • Graver, Margaret. (2016). “Lucretius: On the Nature of Things” (YT), ICE at Dartmouth, Dec 8.

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