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94 BC - 55 BC

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Titus Lucretius Carus ( TY-təs loo-KREE-shəs, Latin: [ˈtɪ.tʊz lʊˈkreː.tɪ.ʊs ˈkaː.rʊs]; c. 99 – c. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. His only known work is the philosophical poem De rerum natura, a didactic work about the tenets and philosophy of Epicureanism, and which usually is translated into English as On the Nature of Things—and somewhat less often as On the Nature of the Universe. Lucretius has been credited with originating the concept of the three-age system that was formalised in 1836 by C. J. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lucretius has received more than 1,084,599 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Lucretius is the 54th most popular philosopher (up from 55th in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from Italy (up from 83rd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Lucretius is most famous for his poem "De Rerum Natura" which is a long didactic poem about the nature of the universe and the development of life.

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Among philosophers, Lucretius ranks 54 out of 1,081Before him are John Amos Comenius, Zeno of Elea, Empedocles, Karl Popper, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt. After him are Plotinus, Henri Bergson, Anaxagoras, Herbert Spencer, Mikhail Bakunin, and Edmund Husserl.

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Among people born in 94 BC, Lucretius ranks 1After him are Emperor Zhao of Han, Clodia Pulchra, Marcus Claudius Marcellus, and Publius Servilius Vatia Isauricus. Among people deceased in 55 BC, Lucretius ranks 1After him are Tigranes the Great, Berenice IV of Egypt, and Quintus Caecilius Metellus Nepos.

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Among people born in Italy, Lucretius ranks 59 out of 4,668Before him are Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Sophia Loren (1934), Empedocles (-490), Federico Fellini (1920), and Fibonacci (1170). After him are Pope Clement VII (1478), Umberto Eco (1932), Guglielmo Marconi (1874), Vespasian (9), Antonio Stradivari (1644), and Benedict of Nursia (480).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Lucretius ranks 7Before him are Niccolò Machiavelli (1469), Thomas Aquinas (1225), Parmenides (-501), Maria Montessori (1870), Zeno of Elea (-490), and Empedocles (-490). After him are Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), Tommaso Campanella (1568), and Marsilio Ficino (1433).