Lecture Guide for Lucretius (Book V)

Why couldn’t some monsters survive? And why could some never have existed?




What forms of social organization (government and alliances) does Lucretius describe? Why does he argue that they had more advantages than a more civilized society?




What mistakes did humans make when they became aware of the gods’ existence?




What are Lucretius’ views on government?




What, according to Lucretius, is piety?