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Author Archive for: ‘Cassius Amicus’

  • Antiochus IV Epiphanes Morkholm 141

    Happy Twentieth of December! A Good Time To Raise A Toast To Antiochius IV

    Happy Twentieth of December!   This is the time of year we sometimes hear “Happy Hanukkah,”  so it’s a good time to review the story of Antiochus IV and the close connection of this observation with Epicurean history: The event giving rise to Hanukkah was …

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  • MerryEpicurean25th

    An Invitation To An Epicurean 25th

    The 25th of December can be a very stressful time of the year, especially for those who find themselves spending it largely or completely alone. Most of us have been raised in cultures with impossible mystical expectations for this day and time of year, and …

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  • Selection 121

    Lucretius: Not Accidents, Not Incidents, but “Contextidents”

    Here is a word issue that has troubled me for a long time.  One of the most important sections of Lucretius (near Book 1, line 424) deals with the nature of combinations of elemental properties, which Lucretius divides into two categories.  The first category is …

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  • FullSingleCupEpicurus

    In Life, There Is No Antidote to Pain But Pleasure

    Anyone who studies Epicurean philosophy quickly learns that Epicurus held a definition of “gods” that is very different from what we are used to today.  Whereas we define “gods” as necessarily implying omnipotence, omnipresence, and supernatural control over nature, Epicurus rejected all those assertions and …

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  • MajorCharacteristics

    Handout – “Major Characteristics of the Epicurean View of Life”

    I previously posted the video version of this list, and tonight I prepared the list in handout form to add to the EpicureanFriends File database.  Please click on the link below to download a PDF format of the graphic below, suitable for printing. Major Characteristics …

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  • Handout2 Applications Of Fundamentals Of Nature

    New Handout – Applications of the Fundamentals of Nature.

    Click here for handout two in a series:  Applications of the Fundamental of Nature.  This handout summarizes major applications of the Fundamentals of Nature. Please make suggestions for changes or corrections to future editions in the comments.  

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