Words and images separated by centuries collapse together under the thoughtful pens of the Two Fine Chaps in this, their latest endeavor. A melding of classical, renaissance and modern ages, the imagery in the TFC's The Ancient Ploughman is sure to leave you pleasantly bewondered.

Born in the first century before the birth of Christ, the poet Lucretius developed remarkable scientific and philosophical theories that presage modern conclusions about quantam mechanics and the nature of the universe. His poem De Rerum Natura, or On the Nature of Things, expands upon the work of Epicurus, rigorously exploring the workings of life, from the cosmic to the atomic. Yet for all of his speculation about things metaphysical and micro-

scopic, Lucretius also wrote clearly and vividly of the struggles endured daily by all things living. His vantage is both fundamentally human and disturbingly detached.

Here we have translated a particularly evocative passage summarizing Lucretius' reasoning. In the mode of Renaissance scholars who resurrected and reinterpretted the work of Latin writers like Lucretius, we too have framed the ancient poet's text with modern imagery and metaphors. Here is Lucretius' tale of the earth over-taxed and of lands too choked to bear fruit, retold with a twist: from the perspective of American farmers during the Great Depression.

A four-page spread from The Ancient Plowman


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