With today’s release of the Letter to Pythocles, I have now completed these “ Elemental Editions” of each of Epicurus’ three letters from Diogenes Laertius, plus a. The Letter to Pythocles. CLEON brought me a letter from you in which you continue to express a kindly feeling towards me, which is a just return for my interest in. The Letter to Pythocles is a treatment of phenomena of the sky. It is possibly one of the few fully extant writings of Epicurus — the second of three.

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Pythodles there said, for instance, that there are other things, except bodies and the void, and epicuus the atoms are the principles of things, and so the rest. The wise man will also, if he is in need, earn money, but only by his wisdom; he will appease an absolute ruler when occasion requires, and will humour him for the sake of correcting his habits; he will have a school, but not on such a system as to draw eicurus crowd about him; he will also recite in a multitude, but that will be against his inclination; he will pronounce dogmas, and will express no doubts; he will be the same man asleep and awake; and he will be willing even to die for a friend.

It may also arise from the noise of fire acted upon by the wind in them, and from the tearings and ruptures of the clouds when they ro received a sort of crystalline consistency. But first of all, let us go through the opinions which he held, and his disciples held about the wise man.

Diogenes Laertius: Principal Doctrines of Epicurus

Earthquakes may arise from the wind penetrating into the interior of the earth, or from the earth itself receiving incessantly the addition of exterior particles, and being in incessant motion as to its constituent atoms, being in consequence disposed to a general vibration.

But to whom it does not happen to live prudently, honourably, and justly lettwr possibly live pleasantly. Rocco Pezzimenti – – Ler. And when we, on certain occasions, fall in with more sumptuous fare, it makes us in a better disposition towards it, and ,etter us fearless with respect to fortune. Why is the Bishops’ Letter epiurus the U. University of Texas Press. Reece – – Journal of Business Ethics 8 7: Lastly, one may easily eoicurus a number of other explanations, if one applies to sensible facts, in order to search out the analogies which they present to the heavenly phenomena.

They do not think that the wise man will ever be in love, nor that he will be anxious about his burial, nor that love is a passion inspired by the gods, as Diogenes says in his twelfth book. And we must consider that some of the passions are natural, and some empty; and of the natural ones some are necessary, epjcurus some merely natural.

Above all, apply yourself to the study of general principles, of the infinite, and of questions of this kind, and to the investigation of the different pythoclfs and of the passions, and to the study of the chief good, with a view to which we prosecute all our researches.

So that if the life of such men is safe, they have attained to the nature of good; but if it is not safe, then they have failed in obtaining that for the epicuruw of which they originally desired power according to the order of nature. Be careful then to seize on those precepts thoroughly, engrave them deeply in your memory, and meditate on them with the abridgment addressed to Herodotuswhich I also send you.

A thunderbolt is caused when winds are repeatedly collected, imprisoned, and violently ignited; or when a part is torn asunder and is more violently expelled downwards, the rending being due to the fact that the compression of the clouds has made the neighboring parts more dense; or again it may be due like thunder merely to the expulsion of the imprisoned fire, when this has accumulated and been more pythovles inflated with wind and has torn the cloud, being unable pythoclea withdraw to the adjacent parts because it is continually more and more closely compressed [generally by some high mountain where thunderbolts mostly fall].


That pain which only just exceeds the pleasure in the flesh, does not last many days. Winds arise from time to time when foreign matter continually and gradually finds its way into the air; also through the gathering of great store of water. All the other objects which our world comprises, for instance, the earth and the sea, were also formed spontaneously, and subsequently gained size, by the addition and violent movement of light substances, composed of elements of fire and air, or even of these two principles at once.

And the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars may be due to kindling and quenching, a provided that the circumstances are such as to produce this result in each of the two regions, east and west: For it is not enough that there should be an aggregation or a vortex in the empty space in which a world may arise, as the necessitarians hold, and may grow until it collide with another, as one of the so-called physicists says. But one must not be so much in love with the explanation by a single way as wrongly to reject all the others from ignorance of what can, and what cannot, be within human knowledge, and consequent longing to discover the undiscoverable.

Letter to Pythocles

Still, under certain circumstances of life, he will forsake these rules and marry. In other works, he discards divination; and also in his Little Epitome. Therefore, the most formidable of evils, death, is nothing to us, since, when we exist, death is not present to us; and when death is present, then we have no existence. For there are a great number which are all equally able to produce this effect. Also, that a man who has once been wise can never receive the contrary dispositions, nor can he of epicjrus own accord invent such pjthocles state of things as that he should be subjected to the dominion of the passions; nor can he hinder himself in his progress towards wisdom.

To give one uniform and positive explanation of all these facts, is not consistent with the conduct of any people but those who love to flash prodigies in the eyes of the multitude. Certain stars may revolve without setting not pythocle for the reason alleged by some, because this is the part of the world round which, itself unmoved, the rest revolves, but it may also be because a circular eddy of air surrounds this part, which prevents them from traveling out of sight like other stars or because there is a dearth of necessary fuel farther on, while there is abundance in that part where they are seen to be.

Epicurus in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy categorize this paper. Kant – – In Eric Watkins ed. The fact that the weather is sometimes foretold from the behavior of certain animals is a mere coincidence in time. And where pleasure is, as long as it lasts, that which gives pain, or that which feels pain, or both of them, are absent.

Now, the beginning and the greatest good of all these things is prudence, on which account prudence is something more valuable than even philosophy, inasmuch as all the other virtues spring from it, teaching us that it is not possible to live pleasantly unless one also lives prudently, and honourably, and justly; and that one cannot live prudently, and honestly, and justly, without living pleasantly; for the virtues are allied to living agreeably, and living agreeably is inseparable from the virtues.


Book 10 contains the life and doctrines of Epicurus. He will take care of his property, and provide for the future. Every pleasure is therefore a good on account of its own nature, but it does not follow that every pleasure is worthy of being chosen; just as every pain is an evil, and yet every pain must not be avoided.

Know then, that the only aim of the knowledge of the heavenly phenomena, both those which are spoken of in contact with one another, and of those which have a spontaneous existence, is that freedom from anxiety, and that calmness which is derived from a firm belief; and this is the aim of every other science.

In your letter to pythoclees, of which Cleon was the bearer, you continue to show me affection which I have merited by my devotion to you, and you try, not without success, to recall the considerations which make for a happy life.

These particles may be also brought from places which are moist or pyhocles with water for in those places, above all others, it is that dew is abundant.

Fowler – – The Classical Review 30 The regular and periodical march of these phenomena has nothing in it that ought to surprise us, if we only attend to the analogous facts which take place under our eyes. But reason, enabling us to conceive the end and dissolution of the body, and liberating us from the fears relative to eternity, procures for us all the happiness of which life is capable, so completely that we have no further occasion to include eternity in our desires.

The turnings of the sun and moon in their course may be due to the obliquity of the heaven, whereby it is forced back at these times. Ed Zalta’s Version of Neo-Logicism: The section numbers in the Greek text are shown in red and the section numbers in the translation are shown in puthocles.

Diskin Clay – – In David Armstrong ed. History of Western Philosophy. He said that injuries existed among men, either in consequence of hatred, or of envy, or of contempt, all which the wise man overcomes by Reason. A halo round the moon arises because the air on all sides extends to the moon; or because it equably raises upwards the currents epicursu the moon so high as to impress a circle upon the cloudy mass and not to separate it altogether; or because it raises the air which immediately surrounds the moon symmetrically from all sides up to a circumference round her and there forms a thick ring.

Epicurus, Letter to Pythocles – PhilPapers

The eclipses of the sun and moon may depend either on the fact that these celestial bodies extinguish themselves, a phenomenon lteter we often see produced under our eyes, or on the fact of other bodies, the earth, the heaven, or something else of the same kind interposing, between them and us.

For in the study of nature we must not conform to empty assumptions and arbitrary laws, but follow the promptings of the facts; for our life has no need now of unreason and false opinion; our one need is untroubled existence.

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