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20 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 December 2007 03:46AM

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Comment author: Alex_Martelli 20 December 2007 06:27:50AM 1 point [-]

If you're looking for awesome atheist poetry, Lucretius' "De Rerum Naturae" will supply it -- in Latin, that's true, but, it CAN be translated, you know;-). Yes, it DOES start with a hymn to Venus -- "hominum divomque voluptas", and the rest of the wonderful opening Hymn to Venus -- but that's just keeping the paying sponsors (the Caesars, Augustus in particular) happy, as they claim descent from Venus -- look around the "tantum religio potuet suadere malorum" part for some juicier materials;-).

Comment author: gwern 19 March 2012 03:25:19AM 2 points [-]

Dryden even gave us a rhyming translation (although in some respects Lucretius isn't very transhumanisty at all).