Matters of Life and Death

Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe

Important information before you start:

Here are some questions to help guide your reading of these selections.

  1. According to Lucretius, how is spirit related to body?
  2. According to Lucretius, what happens when we die?
  3. According to Lucretius, why do we fear death (i.e., why do we think it's bad for us)?
  4. According to Lucretius, why is death really nothing to worry about?  (Why does he claim that such worrying is actually bad for us?)
  5. Do you disagree with Lucretius' claims or conclusions?  How?

Strategy for reading these selections:

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