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Epicurus and His Influence on History (ePub)

Ancient History Military > Pre-WWI P&S History

By Ben Gazur
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 4.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781399073530
Published: 5th May 2023

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How should we live?

In ancient Greece one man came up with a pleasingly simple answer to this question. The philosopher Epicurus taught his followers that pleasure and contentment were the aims of the good life. For hundreds of years Epicureanism was one of the dominant schools of philosophy.

But by the 6th century it had all but disappeared. Discovering how and why Epicureanism was driven from philosophy and public discourse reveals much about how Western thought developed. Despite attempts to erase him, the lessons of Epicurus have been recovered from the mists of time and the ashes of Vesuvius. How he was restored to his place in history is a story of brilliant Renaissance scholars, chance discoveries, and a hunger for intellectual freedom.

This new biography of Epicurus reveals the life of Epicurus and traces how his teachings have influenced thinkers across time. Epicurus still has much to teach us about friendship, happiness, and our place in the world.

Deftly organized into four major sections (Epicurus' Philosophy; The Philosopher; Classical Reception; Recovering Epicurus), "Epicurus and His Influence on History" is informatively enhanced with the inclusion of an Introduction and Epilogue, a two page General Bibliography, and a three page Index. A fascinating and eloquently presented biography, "Epicurus and His Influence on History" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, community, college, and university library Ancien Greek history, biography, and philosophy collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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About Ben Gazur

Ben Gazur holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. Giving up the glitz and glamour of the lab he became a freelance writer who has written widely on history and science for the likes of the BBC, All About History, and the Guardian newspaper.

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