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Bust of Epicurus in the Capitoline Museums
Bust of Epicurus in the Capitoline Museums
Epicurus [Έπίκουρος] (341 BCE - 270 BCE), was an ancient Greek philosopher, the founder of Epicureanism, one of the most popular schools of thought in Hellenistic Philosophy.

Epicurus was born on the Greek island of Samos to Athenian parents. He was one of four brothers. Tradition has it that he became interested in philosophy at age 14. At the age of 20, he was obliged to report to Athens for two years of military service. Afterwards he rejoined his family, who were compelled to abandon Samos and resettle in the Ionian city of Colophon. Epicurus continued to receive education from the likes of Pamphilus, a Platonist, and Nausiphanes, a Democritean. Despite this exposure, Epicurus would later insist that he was entirely self-taught. (more...)

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The Vatican Sayings: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81

The Principal Doctrines: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Letter to Menoeceus: 121, 122, 123-4, 124-7, 127, 127-8, 128-30, 130-1, 131-2, 132, 133-5, 135

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Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

To know you have enough is to be rich.
- Tao Te Ching

I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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The Epicurus Wiki is still in its infancy, but its potential for growth is tremendous. The doctrines and heritage of Epicureanism have a widely strewn legacy that begs for efficient organization. Volumes of Epicurean texts and commentary still beg for modern translation and interpretation. An adventure of discovery awaits us, crossing continents and centuries.

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Oinoanda Fragment 12 The Oinoanda Inscription (fragment 12 pictured) was an inscribed limestone wall conspicuously located in an open marketplace generally referred to as the "Esplanade" in the ancient city of Oinoanda. The inscription, commissioned by Diogenes of Oinoanda, proclaimed the wisdom of Epicurus, then deceased for five centuries. This unique text, rediscovered in the late nineteenth century, has attracted many modern readers. The wall itself, however, has long been demolished. Its blocks were used for building houses, paving streets, etc. They were discovered one by one.

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