On the Nature of Things (chapter two)

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In famous publications, On the Nature of Things (chapter two) (LH:#) refers to chapter two of Lucretius' 60BC atomic theory based On the Nature of Things.

Chapter two

Summary: explains atomic movement, the variety of atomic shapes, and argues that the atoms lack color, sensation, and other secondary qualities (Loeb, 1924).[1] Columns show original Latin, Google (Thims, 66AE), William Leonard (1916), and Ian Johnston (2020) translations:

# Latin[2] Google English (Leonard, 1916)[3] English (Johnston, 2010)[4]
continuo hoc mors est illius quod fuit ante. once this is the death of that which was before.
nec sic interemit mors res ut materiai Yet in this thing but to die the death of the things happened as a union of matter

Gods are of no concern

Quae bene cognita si teneas, natura videtur

And she has well-known if you take hold of this, it seems that the nature of the Which well perceived if thou hold in mind, If you grasp these points well and hold to them,  
libera continuo, dominis privata superbis, Is free, unfettered from the proud, Then Nature, delivered from every haughty lord, you will see at once that nature is free,
ipsa sua per se sponte omnia dis agere expers. all thanks to the gods of his own accord when he was involved in a per se. And forthwith free, is seen to do all things liberated from her proud possessors,  
nam pro sancta deum tranquilla pectora pace the breasts, for the sake of the peace of the quiet and holy Herself and through herself of own accord, doing all things on her own initiative,
Rid of all gods. For- by their holy hearts without divinities playing any part.
Which pass in long tranquillity of peace


The following are cited quotes:

“For you shall see that nature, freed from the arrogance of haughty masters, will generate herself and freely everything, rid of all gods.”
Lucretius (60BC), On the Nature of Things (chapter three) (translator: Philipp Blom) (§:1090-93)

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  1. Lucretius. (60BC). On the Nature of Things (translator: William Rouse) (Ѻ) (Amz). Loeb, 1924.
  2. Lucretius. (60BC). De Rerum Natura (WS). Publisher.
  3. Lucretius. (60BC). On the Nature of Things (translator: William Leonard) (tufts) (MIT). Dutton, 1916.
  4. Lucretius. (60BC). On the Nature of Things (translator: Ian Johnston) (txt). Vancouver, 2010.
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