Physics, the mind, soul, the movements of the universe, and sex, obviously

On the Nature of Things

by Lucretius, 50 BCE


Book 1

The nature of deities and a warning against superstition

Book 2

The atoms and negative space that make up the universe

Book 3

The Anima and Animus, the vital and intellectual principles

Book 4

The theory of the senses, of sleep and of dreams, and a bit about sex

Book 5

The origin of the world, the rise of humankind, and the invention of the arts and sciences

Book 6

Thunder and lightning, ice and heat, volcanoes and the great pestilence