On the nature of things


photo from PJ

De rerum natura, On the Nature of Things is a first century BC epic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience. It deals with the principles of atomism; the nature of the mind and soul; explanations of sensation and thought; the development of the world and its phenomena; and explains a variety of celestial and terrestrial phenomena. The poem grandly proclaims the reality of our role in a universe which is ruled by chance, with no interference from gods. It is a statement of personal responsibility in a world in which everyone is driven by hungers and passions with which they were born and do not understand.


  1. denker 6 years ago

    Dear, who is PJ (the fotographer of the pig on wheels) and who is the artist who created the pig?
    Thank you for sending an answer.
    Christian Denker

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      ptsp 6 years ago

      Hey, PJ is my friend, he took the photo in a gallery in Vienna, I dont know who the original artist is though.

  2. denker 6 years ago

    Thanks, might your friend remember which gallery or artist exposed the beast?

  3. denker 6 years ago

    P.S.: I’m working on an article on the subject “Epicurus and digestion”. The picture would be a fine illustration.

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      ptsp 6 years ago

      Hey, I asked PJ and this is what he said: the gallery is in Vienna, I don’t remember the name, but a block from Mariahilferstrasse and the Ring, so if he is local he should know. Sorry i cant be of more help. Please feel free to use the photo as you wish. If it’s for a digital article a link would be appreciated too. If you would like a bigger version of the photo let me know. The article sounds interesting.

  4. denker 6 years ago

    I used to work near Mariahilfer, I’ll ask some friends about the gallery. I’ll keep you up to date on the development. Thanks for your help!

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