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Epicureanism refers to Epicurean Philosophy, the philosophy of Epicurus. Epicurus developed his teachings during the Hellenistic era of Ancient Greece — a period of transition commencing at the time of Athens’ conquest by neighboring Macedonia (4th Century BCE). Juxtaposed within an environment of continuous political turmoil, Epicurus and his colleagues proclaimed that individuals may live in serene happiness, fortified by the continual experience of modest and easily obtainable pleasures. All that is needed to live a fully satisfying life, according to the Epicurean doctrine, are the sustenance of nutritious food, the comfort of a secure living environment, the comradery of good friends, and the assuring wisdom that the nature of the universe is benign.

Epicureanism conveys a surprisingly scientific vision of the natural world, building upon a preivous century's groundwork laid by the presocratics. Epicurus' interest in the workings of nature, however, was not motivated by mere curiosity. He gleaned revelations in physics as a means of ideological fortification against the many disturbing notions of superstition.

Epicureanism would eventually become a philosophy of wide renown, having been spread to the far corners of the ancient Mediterranean world through the founding of organized schools — a tradition which began with Epicurus and continued well into the age of the Roman Empire. (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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Epicurus was interested only in scientific knowledge that helps us to achieve the moral goal of tranquility of mind; it did not bother him if he could not identify the precise cause of a particular phenomenon, so long as he could show that the phenomenon was natural and not supernatural.
- Martin Ferguson Smith

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
We must practice what produces happiness because when we have it, we have everything, and if we lack it, we do everything necessary to regain it.

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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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Villa of the Papyri Site of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, where the Herculaneum Papyri were rediscovered. It is identified as the magnificent seafront retreat for Piso, Julius Caesar's father-in-law. It stretches down towards the sea in four terraces. Piso, a literate man who patronized poets and philosophers (most notably Philodemus) built there a fine library, the only one to survive intact from antiquity.

Photo credit: Erik Anderson


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