One of the world’s most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an The details that Mr. Greenblatt supplies throughout The Swerve are tangy. Greenblatt won for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a page study of the transformative cultural power wielded by an ancient. The literary critic, theorist and Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt’s new book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” is partly.
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I’ve personally begun a new way of thinking about history. This seemingly single-minded focus led me to believe that Greenblatt had a secondary agenda, and was not simply seeking to tell a good story about the “discovery” of Lucretius. Clearly On the Nature of Things swdrve a well-educated audience with whose views it resonated to greater or lesser degree, but that hardly makes the case for the claims that this work was a foundation of modernist thinking.
Behind this, of course, there is a more fundamental question: In fact, I find it lacking credibility, not least because the story itself shows us the foundation of modernist thinking already in place prior to the rediscovery of Lucretius’ poem! The back of my book says: It turned out to be the only surviving copy swetve Lucretius’s poem, “On the Nature of Things” — a rich, dangerous, mind-blowing poem written around 50 B.
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
For other uses, see Swerve disambiguation. That time greenblaatt past and in the s those texts had not been recopied and were vulnerable to bugs, damp, and abuse. How the Renaissance Began”, Modern Philologyv. This is where the book fails. Oh, by the way, I highly recommend this book. He just cherry-picks great thinkers throughout the centuries and asserts with minimal textual proofs that they were influenced by the poem.
‘The Swerve’: Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance
Use mdy dates from August Articles needing more viewpoints from February Pages to import images to Wikidata. We can still find superstition everywhere around us in modern societies. Much of the book is describes the life of Poggio Bracciolini, a very unusual man for his time; he was a classical scholar, who searched abbeys for rare books.
The history covered by this book includes; 1 The contrast between Roman intellectual thinking and the relatively coarse Latin contained in Christian codexes, 2 The history and fate of ancient Greek and Roman public libraries including the famous library at Alexandria, Egypt, 3 The preoccupation of some of the famous early Christian leaders with suffering which contrasted with Epicurean philosophy, 4 The career of Poggio Bracciolini within the environment of endemic corruption of the Roman Catholic Church it was the era of three Popes5 A summary description of the contents of De Rerum Natura “On the Nature of Things” by Lucretius, and 6 the history of how later writers and thinkers of the Renaissance and Enlightenment responded to the long poem by Lucretius.
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I was frankly shocked that I found The Swerve so enjoyable! I would suggest that even if you do find some of the ideas on this list abhorrent still read this book.
‘The Swerve’: The Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance : NPR
Who got to take it up? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Greenblatt says that some of the world shakers who would be directly influenced by Lucretius’ ideas are Galileo, Einstein and our very own American apostle of the “pursuit of happiness,” Thomas Jefferson. The light of classical times blinked out and we stumbled straightway into the Dark Ages. Author’s Response Stephen Greenblatt.
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When we die, our atoms are released to recombine with other atoms to form new things. I encourage everyone to read it.
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Indeed, he manages to get from Machiavelli to Jefferson in less than fifty pages. Paperbackpages. The earliest manuscript of the Metamorphoses dates from the ninth century, as do the two earliest copies of De Rerum Natura. In Chapter Eight Greenblatt provides an itemized summary of points made by Lucretius that he sees as relevant to modernity. How the story played out after Descartes is not our concern here, but it is worth noting grenblatt the Cartesian settlement, as it were, rescued science and left religion dangling, setting up nicely the Enlightenment swervw.