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The word ἀταραξία/ataraxia means imperturbability, that is, the lack of disturbance (privative α [a] + ταραχή/tarache = disturbance) in the soul. This term has its roots in ancient Greek pagan thought and indicates an utmost good that is utterly crucial for obtaining the kind of happiness to which the continuous exercise of philosophy must lead. It is above all in the field of Hellenistic philosophy (Hellenism and Christ…

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Verde, Francesco, “Ataraxia”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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