An ancient chemist on teaching

“Nor do I fail to understand that it is difficult to make clear the dark discoveries of the Greeks in Latin verses, especially since we have often to employ new words because of the poverty of the language and the novelty of the matters; but still it is your merit, and the expected delight of your friendship, that persuades me to undergo any labour, and entices me to spend the tranquil nights in wakefulness, seeking by what words and what poetry at last I may be able to display clear lights before your mind, whereby you may see into the heart of things hidden.”

Lucretius (circa 50 B.C.)
De rerum natura I.136-145

Lucretius

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