The Sweet, Golden Liquid Of Honey By Lucretius Essay

1583 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
In On the Nature of Things, Lucretius is a sort of doctor, as it were, in that he is medicating mankind to rid them of their pestilential misconceptions on nature, the soul, and reality. His poem is “the sweet, golden liquid of honey” and his stance against religion as the explanation for the universe is “the bitter wormwood juice” to purge humanity of its disease (IV, 13-16). It’s obvious that Lucretius is firmly against religion and instead views the world in such a way that reality is explained through practical observations and explanations than through divinity. These ideas are prevalent throughout the poem, which makes the condemnations of war which are found in the work, that much stranger. In the beginning of the poem, in Lucretius’ ironic invocation of Venus, he describes her as having “the power to bring aid to mortals with tranquil peace” as she is the only one to calm Mars, the god of war. This passage alone isn’t enough to bring into consideration the idea that Lucretius is speaking against war, as it might just be a description of Venus’ power, but when added to the other multiple instances in which Lucretius denounces violence, it becomes significant. While it is apparent that Lucretius is denouncing religion and explaining the universe and the soul without divinity, there is also the potentiality that he is also speaking out against war throughout the poem as well. Not only that, but that he is doing so through his explanations of nature and the soul. In…

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