Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Epicurus
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(Ἐπίκουρος/Epíkouros; Latin Epicurus)

A. Historical dimension

The Greek philosopher E. (342/41–271/70 BC) was born on the island of Samos, which had been colonized by the Athenians. After studying philosophy with the Platonist Pamphilus and the Democritean Nausiphanes on Teos, and after doing military service at Athens (323/22), he taught, first in Mytilene (Lesbos) and Lampsacus, before going to Athens in 307/06 and founding his school of philosophy in a garden (Diog. Laert. 10,2; 10,13 f.). This place of learning, the kêpos ('Garden'), during E.' lifetime attracted no…

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Guttzeit, Gero, “Epicurus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004629>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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