PBS NewsHour

'The Swerve': When an Ancient Text Reaches Out & Touches Us

Clip: 05/25/2012 | 7m 4s

In his new book, "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," author Stephen Greenblatt unearths the tale of a book collector whose discovery of poet Lucretius' "On the Nature of Things" helped change the direction of human thought. Jeffrey Brown and Greenblatt discuss the book and its many cross-generational messages.

Aired: 05/25/12

Rating: NR

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