aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Lucretius, On the Nature of Things 5.821-827

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quare etiam atque etiam maternum nomen adepta
terra tenet merito, quoniam genus ipsa creavit
humanum atque animal prope certo tempore fudit
omne quod in magnis bacchatur montibus passim,
aëriasque simul volucres variantibus formis.
sed quia finem aliquam pariendi debet habere,
destitit, ut mulier spatio defessa vetusto.

Therefore, again and again, the earth deservedly holds the name of ‘mother’ which she has acquired, since she herself created the human race and almost at a fixed time she has produced every animal which roams all over the great mountains, and, at the same time, the birds of the air in their varied forms. But, because she must have some limit to her birthing, she ceased, like a woman worn out by the extent of her age.

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July 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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  1. Wonderful passage. Lucretius, understandably, fails to see life continuing to evolve all around him. Also, his ‘Mother Nature’ and the way she is spoken of as a creator is very reminiscent of Genesis and the Christian creator God.

    Roma Invicta

    July 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

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