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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This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat Be what it may, we must celebrate the amazing affinity between Lucretius and the main minds of the modern world. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Thingsby Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: Much of the book is devoted to Poggio’s life. But the story that the renaissance suddenly began with a great rediscovery of the pagan greenblatt does not work so well in relation to other classical authors.

In a way, things get worse in the 16th century.

A promotion and dissertation of atheist ideals and morals makes up the best chapter, “The Way Things Are. I haven’t managed to work out whether the brick wall I hit at the end of chapter eight was lying in wait for me because of my own lack of stamina or whether it had something to do with outside circumstances, or possibly the expectations set up by the sub-title. Greenblatt provides a list of the principle components addressed in the book with further explanation than what I’m providing in this review.

English Choose a language for shopping. The details that Mr. Indeed, it seems to me that there have been a great many generally rational people who have believed in Greenblaatt. Indeed they tended to exaggerate that ignorance to emphasise their gresnblatt novelty. Retrieved January 16, Oh my what to do what to do.

The leading thinkers of the first century BC when Lucretius lived valued asking questions in the spirit of Greek philosophy. He believed that everything in nature is made of fundamental particles, called ‘atoms’. Explore the Home Gift Guide. His outline is accurate, and covers all the major ideas. The Nature of Things Penguin Classics. Epicurus believed that one should live modestly and pursue knowledge of nature and one’s own mind.


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This pushed me from being agnostic to atheist. The worst part, though, is that people are not outraged.

Around the Year i I would read a page book on almost any of the points above, and I wouldn’t have minded a page book that gave more space to Greenblatt’s interweaving of history and interpretation. Would you like to tell us about a grdenblatt price? It is not by an unbroken succession of drinking bouts and of revelry, not by sexual lust, nor the enjoyment of fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; i “When we say When the author does get around to discussing the actual philosophy and “science” of Lucretius, he actually resorts to a bullet point summary.

Most of The Swerve is devoted to this story of loss and retrieval. Our lives we borrow from each other. Greenblatt uses it to describe the history of Lucretius’ own book: Simply put, The Swerve did not deserve the awards it received because it is filled with factual inaccuracies and founded upon a view of history not shared by serious scholars of the periods Greenblatt studies. Return to Book Page. Life is one result of this swerve, as atoms assemble themselves into forms that enable us to see and breathe.

In the winter ofan unemployed sweve secretary turned book hunter named Poggio Bracciolini discovered a copy of Lucretius’s On the Nature of Things in a remote monastery.

‘The Swerve’: Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance

Scholars of Late Antiquity know that this process geenblatt migration was primarily characterized by gradual colonization and assimilation, not decisive battles fought by bloodthirsty hordes.

The first book is an engaging literary detective story about an intrepid Florentine bibliophile named Poggio Braccionlini, who, instumbled upon a year-old copy of De Rerum Natura in a German monastery and set the poem free from centuries of neglect to work its intellectual magic on the world. The copying and translation of this ancient book—the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age—fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.

This story is carried mainly by chapters two, five, six, seven, and nine; makes interesting reading and is generally well-written, greenblaht it suffers slightly from being over-written see belowparticularly in the early chapters. The misguided ideas about epicureanism, and the Catholic Church’s opposition to them, predated the rediscovery of the Lucretius manuscript. Christians thought otherwise, insisted in other worlds and we all know well brought about much geeenblatt.


Yet, once he had conquered pleasure through suffering, his torn and bleeding skin served to drain the poison of temptation from his body. View all 9 comments. How splendid would that intellectual history be, if presented in its full richness and anxiety, greebblatt all the various threads and many tensions given stage space! He believed that the gods did not concern themselves with mortal affairs and did not create the universe, which was composed of minuscule particles.

In many cases humanists found more reliable manuscripts, and they sometimes discovered whole texts. What about greenbltat 13th-century French courtly love epic The Romance of the Rose? It’s a microhistory; that’s a book that takes a little niche in history, and generally uses that niche to jump around and explore a bunch of different eras through a specific lens. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

I especially liked the section where Greenblatt describes how the Christian faith turned most of the public against one of the central principles of Epicureanism; seeking pleasure. Related to This Book Listen: Most of these migratory peoples preserved their cultural memories orally and so they did not pay attention to books while plundering medieval monasteries, where most libraries were located. Despite the fact that the poem was heretical to the Catholic Church, Bracciolini greejblatt to distribute the poem, which gradually liberalized the p This is an interesting book, primarily about the poem On the Nature of Things by Lucretius.

Most recently he had been Apostolic Scriptor for the pope. It is not the ‘tipping point’ that Greenblatt describes, but one merely interesting atom of an incident out of many in the storm of the Renaissance.

The word “utopia” will never be the same for me.