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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What happened is this: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: How different that is from the view of the Church that I had: 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: If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: And both sides of the colon.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Second, Greenblatt strains to position the poem as the central text of the post-Renaissance. By submitting this form, you are granting: If you have a mild interest in medieval or Renaissance history you may find this book interesting. Greenblatt traces Lucretius’s atomism into Galileo’s astronomy and Newton’s physics. Published September 4th by W.

Once or twice a year. Swerve brings what it offers.

Epicureanism and its texts fell out of favor and, consequently, into extinction, not just because of religious hostility, but as much or more because of the fact that virtually all pagan intellectuals of philosophic bent had become Platonists and, for that reason, detested Epicureanism.

Greenblatt’s version of the middle ages is more or less exactly that of the humanists, in which characterless monks and self-flagellating nuns rejoice in the savage discipline of the church.


Along these lines greenboatt is simply untrue to assert that classical culture was ever lost, ignored or suppressed during the Middle Ages. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I think Stephen Greenblatt is a tremendously intelligent man, and a gifted writer. For him, the world become modern is the world discarding God; the means by which it became modern was the discovery and dissemination of Lucretius’ De rerum natura in the Renaissance.

In the midth century, Petrarch was a book lover: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unfortunately, it does read a bit like a Cliff Notes version of Lucretius. View sweve 3 comments. It was alive and being talked about after “On The Nature of Things” was rediscovered, talked about and accepted to the point where the Inquisition had to forbid it and trainee Jesuits had to recite a catechism against it.

And there are times when Greenblatt’s writing is engaging. But soon enough a weapon used in defence of Catholicism was turned against Catholicism itself and against pretty much any other form of dogmatic certitude, including science.

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt – review

Tells the story of the 15th century discovery of a manuscript of a previously unknown classic text, De Rerum Natura On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, written in the first century BC.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Fortunately for us, someone has already done that, and brilliantly so, namely, Richard Popkin in his History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle in the first edition the second part of the title ran: The copying and translation I think Stephen Greenblatt is a tremendously intelligent man, and a gifted writer.

I was frankly shocked that I found The Swerve so enjoyable! What he found was a ninth-century manuscript copy containing the entire 7,line text of De Rerum Natura “On the Nature of Things” by Lucretius. How the World Became Modern.


Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance. This chapter is the best thing in the book. How the World Became Modern on your Kindle in under a minute.

‘The Swerve’: The Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance : NPR

As I write this in certain parts of the world have been rioting and people are dying because some felt that a You Tube video insulted their religion. One little bit of trivia that I learned from this book was contained in the discussion of Thomas More’s book, Utopia. Lucretius was a passionate follower of the Greek philosopher Epicurus. The best result would be an increased curiosity for the great works that enliven its pages. I got particularly peevish over the opening chapters in particular the spectacularly speculative recreation of a possible symposia in Pompeii and took until the middle of the book to regain my equilibrium.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. They are among the many strands of thought that lie behind “renaissance” thinking, and indeed behind humanism too. Use mdy dates from August Articles needing more viewpoints from February Pages to import images to Wikidata. Christians thought otherwise, insisted in other worlds and we all know well brought about much misery.

With that little pet peeve of mine out of the way, let me say that this book is a marvel.

A common charge against him is that he taught unbounded hedonism. Greenblatt obviously admires Lucretius.