Titus Lucretius Carus c. 99-55 BCE


Roman Philosopher and Poet

Died at age 44

Commits suicide after being driven mad by a love potion.  St. Jerome

Wrote the poem de Rerum Natura
(OR “how the world came into existence, why superstition is bad. and why science rules”)

Aka On the Nature of Things



Political Background

Scientific and Philosophical Thought:

Atomic Theory

Conservation of Matter

Explanation of molecules (attraction, etc.)

Biology and Mutations