Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus), De rerum natura
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A. Life and work

The date and place of the birth of Titus Lucretius Carus (L.) are uncertain. If we accept the dates implied in the Vita Donatiana, which puts Virgil’s assumption of the toga virilis in the year of L.’ death, he lived from 98 BC to 55 BC. The Chronicle of Jerome (Olympiad 171,3), however, tells us that L. took a love potion, lost his mind and committed suicide at the age of 44, indicating that he lived from 94 to 50 BC. Also unclear is the …

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Landolfi, Luciano, “Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus), De rerum natura”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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