De Rerum Natura Book II, 644-660.
“All this is well and admirably told.
It is, however, far removed from the truth.
For perfect peace gods by their very nature
Must of necessity enjoy, and immortal life,
Far separate, far removed from our affairs,
For free from every sorrow, every danger,
Strong in their powers, needing naught from us,
They are not won by gifts nor touched by anger.
Indeed the earth is now and has been always
Devoid entirely of any kind of feeling.
The reason why it brings forth many things
In many ways into the light sun
Is that it holds a multitude of atoms.
If anyone decides to call the sea Neptune,
And corn Ceres, and misuse the name of Bacchus
Rather than give grape juice its proper title,
Let us agree that he can call the earth
Mother of the Gods, on this condition-
That he refuses to pollute his mind
With the foul poison of religion.”
This was written over two thousand years ago. This is why I study Classics.