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(342/341, on Samos – 371/370, Athens) was a Greek philosopher, the founder of a school of philosophy that he understood to be a competitor to the Platonic Academy and the Aristotelian Peripatos. Of his numerous writings – according to Diogenes Laertes 10.28 he left nearly 300 scrolls – only three didactic letters, a collection of 40 Sentences, and a few fragmentary works are preserved. Epicurus's teaching can be reconstructed, however, from the didactic poem of Lucretius, a philosopher in Epicurus's tradition, from the dialogues of Cicero, and from the anti-Epicur…

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Figal, Günter, “Epicurus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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