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Author Archive for: ‘Cassius Amicus’

  • Why We All Need Philosophy

    Today’s addition to the website is a page on Seneca’s References to Epicurus.  This presents the opportunity to highlight a passage that has long been one of my favorites:  “Would you really know what philosophy offers to humanity? Philosophy offers counsel.

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  • Updates: Excerpts from De Rerum Natura, and an Annotated version of the Principal Doctrines

    Today brings two significant revisions to the website:  (1)  a presentation of excerpts from De Rerum Natura, and (2) a revised presentation of the Principle Doctrines organized with relevant references from Cicero, Lucretius, and Diogenes Laertius. With these additions to the site, my current recommended …

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  • For New Students of Epicurus

    When I first started this web page, my goal was as stated in the page banner, to “promote the study of the philosophy of Epicurus.”  I phrased the goal in this way because there seemed to be such a wide variety of interpretations of Epicurus …

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    The Example of Cassius The Liberator Shows The Way

    What do we know about the life of Gaius Cassius Longinus, the Liberator, that might be relevant in the study of Epicureanism? (“Liberator” is so much nicer a term than “murderer,” as Cyril Bailey refers to him.)  Specifically, what facts about his life might shed …

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    Caveat Emptor: Pick Your Texts and Commentaries Carefully!

    The student of Epicurus would do well to remember that misrepresentations of Epicurus’ views, whether intentional or innocent, did not end with Cicero in ancient times.  As DeWitt suggested, even modern biographers and commentators cannot always be trusted to portray Epicurus’ views objectively, much less …

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  • Gratitude As a Source of Strength During Times of Misfortune

    If you are like me, you often hear friends say (or post to Facebook) that they “couldn’t go on if they did not have their faith in God to pull them through.” Is there an Epicurean equivalent to that sentiment?  Let me suggest that the …

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