The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings And Testimonia
  • The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings And Testimonia
  • The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings And Testimonia
ISBN: 0872202410
EAN13: 9780872202412
Language: English
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8.3" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction
The ancient biography of Epicurus
The extant letters
Ancient collections of maxims
Doxographical reports
The testimony of Cicero
The testimony of Lucretius
The polemic of Plutarch

Short fragments and testimonia from known works:
* From On Nature
* From the Puzzles
* From On the Goal
* From the Symposium
* From Against Theophrastus
* Fragments of Epicurus' letters

Short fragments and testimonia from uncertain works:
* Logic and epistemology
* Physics and theology
* Ethics

Index

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   For Those Who Want To Get To the Essence of What Excited Lucretius And the Literate Roman World of the Sixteenth Century
Anyone who aspires to an understanding of the wisdom of the ancient Greeks would benefit from the seminal ideas that were propounded by Epicurus. These ideas have influenced succeeding cultures up to our own time despite being greatly derided by established religion. This book is worth the purchase.
 
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   something lost in translation
I found very little to make me say this is why we still read him. Unlike Lucretius and ' The Nature of Things.' I keep asking how much of this is really Epicurus and how much Victorian bowdlerising.
 
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   Great Text, Poor Translation
The translation of the Random HouseModern Library is difficult for today's readers, but it is still better than the original. The Vatican Library has a few texts of the first materialist, naturalist, and advocate of indifference to the gods, but don't forget to check them out.
 
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   very interesting
The selections in this book are interesting, but the organization and commentary leaves a lot to be desired. I would be looking for a better edition.
 
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   Essential collection of ancient texts by and about Epicurus
There is a reliable collection of writings. There are every important document in a slim paperback. It's not easy to read popularization. There are lots of them. The popularizers rely on the raw materials from the ancient world.
 
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   My book came folded, very disappointed
The book was folded in half after being crammed in a box too small for an item. I was expecting it to be in excellent condition after paying such a high price.
 
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