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A Map Through "A Few Days In Athens" And the World of Epicurus

A Map Through "A Few Days In Athens" And the World of Epicurus

This page is dedicated to a map view of Frances Wright's "A Few Days In Athens ,"  the text of which is here .  Please click here for the latest version, which will likely be updated from what you see below.
Research

Research

There are many areas where additional research is needed to throw further light on ancient Epicurean doctrine.  Here on this page is a collection of specific areas of research:
The Stoics On Pleasure

The Stoics On Pleasure

(Note:  See also this Epicurean v Stoic comparison chart .) The following is a list of quotations from (or about) prominent Stoics on the topic of pleasure.  This list is very incomplete and will b...
Contrasts Between Epicurus And Aristotle

Contrasts Between Epicurus And Aristotle

I am launching a study of Aristotle to document the differences between his philosophy and that of Epicurus. This is a filler post to keep track of those contrasts; these first few entries are very basic....
Lorenzo Valla:  On Pleasure (Of the True And the False Good)

Lorenzo Valla: On Pleasure (Of the True And the False Good)

Lorenzo Valla: Of the True and the False Good (1431) Source: http://www2.idehist.uu.se/distans/ilmh/Ren/valla-good.htm From: The Renaissance in Europe: An Anthology, ed. P. Elmer et. al, (Yale UP,...
Notes For Future Research

Notes For Future Research

On this page I will collect miscellaneous notes of general interest.  Also, the heart of my title essay in “Against the Men of the Crowd ” is the marshaling of Epicurean texts in support of a single thesi...
Lucretius Research

Lucretius Research

Lucretius – Little is known about Lucretius personally, and this page is devoted to him and research on his poem.  At right is an impression of a ring that Munro states in his translation was found in...
Projects

Projects

This is the jumping off page for all projects at NewEpicurean.com. These include: Gassendi's Epicurus In English.   Transcription and republication on the internet of Gassendi's work on Epicurus ...
Epicurean Physics In The Modern World

Epicurean Physics In The Modern World

The validity of Epicurean philosophy is grounded squarely on a number of core observations about the nature of the universe.  Of these, no principle was more fundamental than the observation that "nothing ...
Physics Research - Links

Physics Research - Links

A summary article on Epicurean Physics is here .  This page is dedicated to links with a special relationship to Epicurean views on physics.  This is a very complex subject and there are few clear ans...
Common Objections And Responses

Common Objections And Responses

"Common Objections to Epicureanism - with Responses."    This list is based on a lecture given by a philosophy professor who analyzed and criticized Epicurus from the point of view of Aristotelian philosophy. I...
Chart of Epicureanism

Chart of Epicureanism

A  chart of the major philosophical questions showing where Epicurus fits in contrast to other philosophers. Here I am referring to the big questions such as 1. How do we know what we know? 2. What is ...
Education Curriculum

Education Curriculum

A reading list “curriculum” for those who want to help educate young people not only on the philosophy of Epicurus specifically, but on Greco-Roman civilization particularly. This project is still in ...
Meme Workshop

Meme Workshop

A graphic “meme” workshop .  A productive way of getting Epicurean ideas in front of new eyes is through the use of graphic memes for sharing on social media sites. I prepared a prototype of one here...
Recovery Of Epicurean Writers

Recovery Of Epicurean Writers

Recovering and transcribing hard-to-find pro-Epicurean works in addition to Gassendi. There are numerous other significant English, French, and Italian writers (such as Walter Charleton) whose works...
Video Projects

Video Projects

A new “Introduction to Epicureanism” youtube video which focuses on the core ideas. There are a number of good ones already, but much can be done in this area to focus not only on the tactics for liv...
Forum of the Lucretians

Forum of the Lucretians

"Forum of the Lucretians" for the hard-core students of Epicurus who want to share materials and discussions in private, and under full private control, rather than solely through public discussion at...

Battle For The Goal Of Life

This is a placeholder page while I work on this project. Important pages to link here are:   http://newepicurean.com/projects/battle-for-the-goal-of-life/ http://newepicurean.com/referencepages/plato_gorgias_ne.htm...

Plato - Gorgias

PLATO's GORGIAS

Plato - Philebus

PHILEBUS PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: Socrates, Protarchus, Philebus. SOCRATES: Observe, Protarchus, the nature of the position which you are now going to take from Philebus, and what the other position...

Cicero - On Ends - Book 1

Cicero - On Ends - Book 1 My dear Brutus, — The following essay, I am well aware, attempting as it does to present in a Latin dress subjects that philosophers of consummate ability and profound learning ha...

Cicero - On Ends - Book 2

Cicero - On Ends - Book 2 Upon this they both looked at me, and signified their readiness to hear me. So I began: "First of all, I beg of you not to imagine that I am going to deliver you a formal lecture,...

Cicero - On Ends - Book 3

Cicero - On Ends – Book 3 My dear Brutus. — Were Pleasure to speak for herself, in default of such redoubtable advocates as she now has to defend her, my belief is that she would own defeat. Vanquished by ...

Cicero - On Ends - Book 4

Cicero - On Ends - Book 4 With these words he concluded. "A most faithful and lucid exposition, Cato," said I, "considering the wide range of your subject and its obscurity. Clearly I must either give...

Cicero - On Ends - Book 5

Cicero - On Ends Book Five My dear Brutus, — Once I had been attending a lecture of Antiochus, as I was in the habit of doing, with Marcus Piso, in the building called the School of Ptolemy; and with u...
Gassendi's Epicurus in English

Gassendi's Epicurus in English

In 1660, Thomas Stanley published "A History of Philosophy," Volume Three of Which Contained "Epicurus, His Life And Doctrine" Written By Petrus Gassendus." This is of interest for many reasons, not the...
Cicero's Letter to Atticus

Cicero's Letter to Atticus

Titus Pomponius Atticus was Cicero's best friend and a strong Epicurean.  The surviving letters between them should contain important information.  These letters can be found in three volumes here: Volume 1...
Foundations of Epicurean Philosophy

Foundations of Epicurean Philosophy

Welcome to the Foundations of Epicurean Philosophy page.  The purpose of this presentation is to summarize the major themes of Epicurean philosophy in a single format. After a brief introduction, we ...
Full Cup Fullness of Pleasure Model

Full Cup Fullness of Pleasure Model

Link to Larger Version of Graphic It is observed too that in his treatise On the Ethical End he [Epicurus] writes in these terms: “I know not how to conceive the good, apart from the pleasures o...
Youtube/Video

Youtube/Video

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Later Writers

Later Writers

Later Epicurean Writers

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Epicurean Dogmatism.md

Epicurean Dogmatism The Epicurean Views The Modern Mind Finds Unthinkable:  Dogmatism and Free Will Doubt Is Unpleasant, But It's Not the Worst Enemy Epicurus:  Against Skepticism "Is T...

The Twentieth.md

"The Twentieth" From the will of Epicurus in Diogenes Laertius: "The income of the property left by me to Amynomachus and Timocrates shall be divided by them as far as possible, with the advice of...

EpicureanFreeWill.md

Epicurean Free Will The texts are clear that Epicurus held that it was important to affirm that within natural limits we have the power to make choices that affect our futures. (See references below.)...
Core Ideas - Introductory Material.md

Core Ideas - Introductory Material.md

Introductory Material Introductory Essays Philosophy For the Millions – “This article outlines a new interpretation of Epicureanism. ” Norman DeWitt’s landmark 1947 essay on correcting errors in the ...

Against Supernaturalist Religion.md

Against Supernaturalist Religion Related Posts: 12-24-16 - A Seasonal Thought Re: "Fake News"

Against Skepticism.md

Against Skepticism References from Lucretius On The Nature of Things, Book 1: [Bailey] "But now, to weave again at the web, which is the task of my discourse, all nature then, as it is of itself,...

Virtue As Instrumental.md

Virtue As Instrumental Rather Than An End In Itself Related Posts:
Against the Men of the Crowd

Against the Men of the Crowd

Against the Men of the Crowd An essay On Epicurean Philosophy (For an Audio version of this presentation, click here .) The City of Athens is renowned in history as the place where men learned...
The Three Parts of Epicurean Philosophy.md

The Three Parts of Epicurean Philosophy.md

The Three Parts of Epicurean Philosophy Canonics Physics Ethics Relevant Posts: 01-31-17 -
Against Stoicism.md

Against Stoicism.md

  Against Stoicism   Relevant Posts: 01-31-17 - Top Problematic Attitude and “Life Premise” Issues Made Worse By Stoicism and Cured by Epicurean Philosophy 12-20-16 - Peace and Safety For Your T...
Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

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 ...
Epicurus:  Letter to Menoeceus

Epicurus: Letter to Menoeceus

Epicurus to Menoeceus, Greetings- Let no one delay in the study of philosophy while he is young, and when he is old, let him not become weary of the study. For no man can ever find the time unsuitable...
Cicero:  A Defense of Epicurus, As Relayed By An Epicurean Speaker in "On Ends"

Cicero: A Defense of Epicurus, As Relayed By An Epicurean Speaker in "On Ends"

The following is an adaptation of material from Cicero's On The Ends of Good and Evil , as translated by Harris Rackham and published in 1914. An elaborate defense of Epicurus was once delivered...
The Doctrines and Sayings of Epicurus

The Doctrines and Sayings of Epicurus

The Principal Doctrines  (List) The Principal Doctrines (Annotations) The Vatican List of Sayings The Sayings About “The Wise Man”
Lucretius:  On The Nature of Things

Lucretius: On The Nature of Things

    Other than  the contents of the biography by Diogenes Laertius, our most reliable source of information on Epicurean philosophy comes from Lucretius' famous poem.  On The Nature of Th...
Parallel De Rerum Natura - Book I

Parallel De Rerum Natura - Book I

  This parallel version of Book 1 of DRN was first published in full on July 31, 2010. Paragraph numbers have been correlated to the Loeb edition. Please be advised that the text has not been ...
Munro's Lucretius Book I

Munro's Lucretius Book I

MOTHER of the Aeneadae, darling of men and gods, increase-giving Venus, who beneath the gliding signs of heaven fillest with thy presence the ship-carrying sea, the corn-bearing lands, since through...
Munro's Lucretius Book II

Munro's Lucretius Book II

It is sweet, when on the great sea the winds trouble its waters, to behold from land another's deep distress; not that it is a pleasure and delight that any should be afflicted, but because...
Munro's Lucretius Book III

Munro's Lucretius Book III

THEE, who first was able amid such thick darkness to raise on high so bright a beacon and shed a light on the true interests of life, thee I follow, glory of the Greek race, and plant now...
Munro's Lucretius Book IV

Munro's Lucretius Book IV

I TRAVERSE the pathless haunts of the Pierides never yet trodden by sole of man. I love to approach the untasted springs and to quaff; I love to cull fresh flowers and gather for my head a distinguished...
Munro's Lucretius Book V

Munro's Lucretius Book V

WHO is able with powerful genius to frame a poem worthy of the grandeur of the things and these discoveries? Or who is so great a master of words as to be able to devise praises equal to the...
Munro's Lucretius Book VI

Munro's Lucretius Book VI

IN days of yore Athens of famous name first imparted corn-producing crops to suffering mankind, and modeled life anew and passed laws; and first too bestowed sweet solaces of existence,...
Seneca: References to Epicurus

Seneca: References to Epicurus

The following text consists of excerpts from the letters of Lucius Annaeus Seneca that either make direct reference to Epicurus or clearly convey Epicurean ideas. The translation is that of Richard M....
Cosma Raimondi

Cosma Raimondi

Here is an audio version of a letter written in 1429 by Cosma Raimondi defending Epicurus against the Stoics, Platonists, and Aristotelians. It is more narrowly focused than the Epicurean section of Cicero's...
Thomas Jefferson: Pro Epicurus / Contra Plato

Thomas Jefferson: Pro Epicurus / Contra Plato

Thomas Jefferson chose to pursue a life of active involvement in politics.  Unlike his friend Thomas Paine, Jefferson did not publish philosophical and religious treatises for his political enemies ...
Diogenes of Oinoanda: The Inscription

Diogenes of Oinoanda: The Inscription

Having already reached the sunset of my life (being almost on the verge of departure from the world on account of old age), I wanted, before being overtaken by death, to compose a fine anthem to celebrate...
Ante Oculos - Epicurus and The Evidence-Based Life

Ante Oculos - Epicurus and The Evidence-Based Life

A major project of NewEpicurean.com is the free ebook "Ante Oculos - Epicurus and The Evidence-Based Life ."  The primary purpose of this website is to promote the study of the philosophy of Epicurus, ...
Foreword

Foreword

Humana – ANTE OCULOS – foede cum vita iaceret in terris, oppressa gravi sub religione, quae caput a caeli regionibus ostendebat horribili super aspectu mortalibus instans, primum Graius homo morta...
Lucian:  Hermotimus

Lucian: Hermotimus

My object, dear friend, in making this small selection from a great mass of material has been twofold.  First, I was willing to oblige a friend and comrade who is for me the pattern of wisdom, sincerity, ...
Lucian:  Alexander the Oracle-Monger

Lucian: Alexander the Oracle-Monger

Characters:  Lucian, writing a letter to a friend. Context:  Lucian relates the story of a famous fraud.
A Summary Of the Philosophy of Epicurus

A Summary Of the Philosophy of Epicurus

A Summary of the Philosophy of Epicurus. [A] The universe is infinitely large, so it is impossible for one man to know everything about it. But Nature has equipped each man to act to determine the...
Purpose

Purpose

The purpose of this website is to promote the study of the philosophy of Epicurus. Epicurus taught that it is essential to our happiness to pursue the study of Nature.  An understanding of basic principles ...
Contact

Contact

Contact us by emailing Cassius@newepicurean.com
About The Admin

About The Admin

The Admin of this website, Cassius Amicus, is not a professional philosopher.  He is simply a self-educated layman who enjoys pursuing Epicurean research and writing.  He did not pursue philosophy in c...
FAQ

FAQ

On this page I will post and hopefully refine a series of frequently asked questions and their associated answers.
NewEpicurean Library

NewEpicurean Library

The ancient Epicurean texts remaining to us today are available freely on the internet in many different translations, and one of the best ways to become more familiar with Epicurean philosophy is to compare...
Epicurus and His Philosophy - Chapters VII - The Canon, Reason, And Nature

Epicurus and His Philosophy - Chapters VII - The Canon, Reason, And Nature

CHAPTER VII THE CANON, REASON AND NATURE THE Canon was not an afterthought, as the Stoics asserted,1  but occupied the first place in the triad of Canon, Physics, and Ethics. This arrangement ...
Epicurus and His Philosophy - Chapter VIII - Sensations, Anticipations, and Feelings

Epicurus and His Philosophy - Chapter VIII - Sensations, Anticipations, and Feelings

CHAPTER VIII SENSATIONS, ANTICIPATIONS, AND FEELINGS THE criteria are three, but the prevailing custom is to reduce them to one by merging the Anticipations and the Feelings with the Sensations....
Honor Roll of Epicureans

Honor Roll of Epicureans

This page is devoted to a listing of major Epicureans throughout history.
Epicurean Art in the Ancient World

Epicurean Art in the Ancient World

This page is devoted to collecting images of art from the ancient world which appear to have Epicurean themes. Please email suggestions for inclusion in this list.
Jackson Barwis: Dialogues Concerning Innate Principles

Jackson Barwis: Dialogues Concerning Innate Principles

An audio presentation of Jackson Barwis' "Dialogues Concerning Innate Principles" which I believe is helpful for understanding Epicurus' likely view of Anticipations.
Cooper:  Consolidation

Cooper: Consolidation

[The following material is an introduction to the free ebook THE SAME SPAN OF TIME - THE MAJOR WORKS OF THOMAS COOPER ]
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