By Roskam, G.
This booklet casts new gentle on Epicurus' well-known excellent of an 'unnoticed lifestyles' (lathe biosas). It additionally indicates how this excellent used to be obtained throughout the later historical past of Epicureanism and the way it sometimes happens in historical Latin poetry.
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2. If yes, was that historical event worth mentioning after all? 3. If yes, did Democritus deliberately pursue the ideal of remaining unnoticed at Athens? 4. If yes, then why? As to the ﬁrst question, Democritus’ presence in Athens is explicitly denied by Demetrius of Phalerum (Diog. Laert. 9,37). According to the Peripatetic philosopher, Democritus despised the city and preferred to make a place famous rather than acquiring fame for himself from a place. This, however, is too weak a basis to deny Democritus’ presence at Athens.
If the latter interpretation52 holds true, Democritus may have regarded the philosopher as the best politician or more precisely as being best qualiﬁed to engage in politics. F. Procopé (1989), 309, with n. 20 (where further literature can be found). See D. Lewis (1990) on fragment B 260. F. D. Aalders (1950), 313 is more sceptical, as is C. Farrar (1988), 195. One may point to Cicero, de orat. 3,56, where Democritus is mentioned, together with Pythagoras and Anaxagoras, among the philosophers who a regendis civitatibus totos se ad cognitionem rerum transtulerunt.
G. fr. ). Its importance can hardly be overestimated. g. 13 10 On the fundamental importance of the notion of limit (π ρας or ρος) in Epicurus’ (moral) thinking, see esp. P. De Lacy (1969) and J. Salem (1989), 83–99. 11 According to Torquatus, Epicurus did not even see the need to prove them by elaborate argumentation (Cicero, ﬁn. 1,30). 12 Whence the paramount importance of φρ νησις (valued even higher than philosophy); Epist. ad Men. 132. 13 A particularly illustrative example of this approach, as K.
Live unnoticed (Philosophia Antiqua) by Roskam, G.