Letter to Menoeceus By Epicurus. Translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Greeting. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search. Letter to Menoeceus – Epicurus – Translated by Robert Drew Hicks – Epicurus; BC, was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the. In this letter, Epicurus recommends to Menoeceus that he conduct his life according to certain prescripts, and in accordance with certain beliefs, in order that his.

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Those things which without ceasing I have declared unto you, do them, and exercise yourself in them, holding them to be the elements of right life.

Paperback30 pages. One group member brought up the idea of how addictions form. Foolish, therefore, is the person who says that he fears death, not because it will pain when it comes, but because it pains in the prospect.

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Only the gods are immortal, says Epicurus, but we are not. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Much worse is he who says that it were good not to be born, but when once one is born to pass quickly through the gates of Hades. He has diligently considered the end fixed by nature, and understands how easily the limit of good things can be reached and attained, and how msnoeceus the duration or the intensity of evils is but slight.

So the questions I brought to class follows:. He holds a holy belief concerning the gods, and is altogether free from the fear of death.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not. Nor does he hold chance to be a god, as the world in general does, for in the acts of a god there is no disorder; nor to be a cause, though an uncertain one, for he believes that no good or evil is dispensed by chance to people so as to make life happy, though it supplies the starting-point of great good and great evil.


He holds a holy belief concerning the gods, and is altogether free from the fear of death. And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or that it is past and gone, is like saying that the season for lettet is not yet or that it is now no more. This web edition published by: Only a few fragments and letters remain of Epicurus’s written works.

Epifurus, clothing could be necessary or some and necessary for others. Although Epicurus was said to believe in the existence of the gods, he was known as an atheist, for he claimed that t was a mistake to think that the gods were interested and involved themselves in human affairs.

Elia rated it really liked it Jun 18, Destiny which some introduce as sovereign over all things, he laughs to scorn, affirming rather that some things happen of necessity, others by chance, others through our own agency. He believes that the misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.

There he founded The Garden, a school named epicursu the garden he owned about halfway between the Stoa and the Academy that served as the school’s meeting place.

Wael rated it liked it Nov 01, yo Accustom yourself to believe that death is nothing to us, for good and evil imply awareness, and death is the privation of all awareness; therefore a right understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of menoeceu enjoyable, not by adding to life an unlimited time, but by taking away the yearning after immortality.

Return to Book Page. For truly there are gods, and knowledge of them is evident; but they are not such as the multitude believe, seeing that people do not steadfastly maintain the notions they form respecting them. So Epicurus says some desires are necessary and some an unnecessary.

Epicurus would often deny this influence, denounce other philosophers as confused, and claim to be “self-taught”. And even as men choose of food not merely and simply the larger portion, but the more pleasant, so the wise seek to enjoy the time which is most pleasant and not merely that which is longest. He believes that the misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. We tried to quantify it as how long one could go without it. We must also reflect that of desires some are natural, others are groundless; and that of the natural some are necessary as well as natural, and some natural only.


Nenoeceus is not lettr unbroken succession of drinking-bouts and of merrymaking, not sexual love, not the enjoyment of the fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, and banishing those beliefs through which menoecsus greatest disturbances take possession of the soul.

Kani Kani rated it did not like it Aug 17, And of the necessary desires some are necessary if we are to be happy, some if the body is to be rid of uneasiness, some if we are even to live. While therefore all pleasure because it is naturally lettter to us is good, not all pleasure is wpicurus be chosen, just as all pain is an evil and yet not all pain is to be shunned.

When we are pained pleasure, then, and then only, do we feel the need of pleasure. Matthieu rated it really liked it Jun 28, For the virtues have grown into one with a pleasant life, and a menoeeus life is inseparable from them.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we menodceus, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not. The group also said friendship makes getting necessities easier thus friendship helps pleasure and happiness. And since pleasure is our first and native good, for that reason we do not choose every pleasure whatever, but often pass over many pleasures when a greater annoyance ensues from them.

Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus

Discussion Summary on Epicurus. It is, however, by measuring one against another, and by looking at the conveniences and inconveniences, that all these matters must be judged. Community projects during Reading Week.