Analysis Of The Poem ' De Rerum Natura ' By Lucretius Essay

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Essentially, the term self is how one perceives themselves. Over the years, the meaning of self has been debated amongst ancient philosophers such as Lucretius and Apuleius. Some say self is the innermost sense of a person, some say self represents one’s relationship with others and some say that the self is in fact and illusion. In the ancient Hellenistic period, self have been presented in the poem “De Rerum Natura” by Lucretius, as well as the novel “the Golden Ass” by Apuleius. Additionally, “nature or nurture”, the debate that have been going on for years discusses what the self is and where it comes from. There is numerous of theories on the meaning of self, its existence, and its presence that will be discussed further more in this essay. The goal of this essay is to inform the reader on different worldviews on the interpretation of the self from the Hellenistic Period perspective, the contemporary perspective and a personal opinion.

In the poem “De Rerum Natura” by Lucretius, the self is considered to be one of the main themes. This poem by Lucretius is in fact focuses on Epicurean philosophy and represents the respect for Epicurus and his ideas. In book one, Lucretius believes that matter exists in the form of invisible particles, for example the particles of the wind, of odors, cold, sound, and that void exists. In other words, he thinks that everything is made up of body and void and the properties of the mind and the spirit. According to him, the…

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