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A Life Worthy of the Gods This book provides the core ancient texts which are the primary documentation for all our knowledge of the Life and Work of Epicurus, the philosopher of Happiness and Freedom.
Cassius Amicus This ebook is devoted to the epic poem composed in 50 BC by Titus Lucretius Carus, entitled in Latin "De Rerum Natura." This poem is devoted to explaining how to live a happy life through Epicurean philosophy. The primary feature of this ebook is the complete nineteenth century translation by H.A.J. Munro, one of the foremost classical scholars of his time.
Cassius Amicus An introduction to Epicurus' Canon of Truth, the theory of knowledge that underlies Epicureanism. This work collects the remaining ancient sources and sets forth the foundation on which Epicurus erected his philosophy of happy living.
Cassius Amicus The philosophy of Epicurus is the theme of "Lion of Epicurus, Lucian and his Epicurean Passages." These selections from the Second Century AD illuminate the ideas and attitudes of the early Epicureans and are delightful reading for anyone interested in basic philosophical and religious issues. Lucian's reputation is well known, but not so well known is his Epicurean orientation.
Cassius Amicus The Dialogues of Jackson Barwis on Liberty and on Innate Principles, with an Introduction comparing these views to those of Epicurus.
Jackson Barwis, a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson, explains how the inalienable rights of men are grounded in innate principles provided to men by Nature, and contrasts this view with the "blank slate" view of John Locke.
Cassius Amicus Against the Men of the Crowd, the title essay in this collection, presents a summary of the full frontal attack which Epicurus launched on the religions and the virtues of the leaders of the Men of the Crowd. I do not represent that any of the text in this essay is a direct translation of the ancient records. I do not represent that any of the ideas in this essay were arranged in the ancient texts in the same way they are arranged here. What I do represent is that each of the arguments and ideas presented here existed in substantially the same form in the works of Epicurus and his followers two thousand years ago. My goal in preparing this new essay has been to cut through the layers of misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and academic commentary and to present the ideas of Epicurus to the average man or woman of today in way that is at one and the same time relevant, understandable, and fully consistent with the vision of the ancient Epicureans.
The reader who is familiar with Epicurean literature will readily recognize the sources of the arguments that have been combined to make up Against the Men of the Crowd. Beginning with the theme presented in the opening of Book VI of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things,” the essay then turns to the issue of how we know what it is we claim to know, as developed in other sections of Lucretius’ poem. Many of the details that follow are taken from the work known as “On Methods of Inference,” left to us by Philodemus of Gadara, and preserved for the modern world only due to the burial of Herculaneum in the eruption of Pompeii in 79 AD. After those details are presented, the urgency of the issues involved are emphasized with arguments taken from one of the many Epicurean letters of Seneca. The essay concludes with the summation delivered by Torquatus in his extensive “Defense of Epicurus” from Cicero’s “On Ends.” The next five chapters which follow are my “Elemental Editions” of the several of the most authoritative Epicurean texts, included here for the first time in book form. These are: (2) Epicurus’ Letter to Herodotus on general principles of Nature, (3) Epicurus’ letter to Pythocles on Astronomy, (4) Epicurus’ Letter to Menoeceus on Ethics, (5) The Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda, and (6) the “Defense of Epicurus” delivered by Torquatus as recorded by Cicero. Like the opening essay, the texts of these “Elemental Editions” are not literal translations, but modernized paraphrases tuned to the ear and the style of a modern audience.
With no apology let me emphasize that this book is not written for academic researchers, or for those whose interest in Epicurus is primarily historical. This book is written for those who wish to understand for themselves, so they can apply for themselves in their own lives, the wisdom of Epicurus. In the words which Frances Wright gave to Epicurus in 1822, Let us arise in our strength, examine, judge, and be free!
Cassius Amicus "A Few Days With Epicurus" contains the complete text of Frances Wright's 1820 Masterpiece "A Few Days In Athens, with an introduction, notes, and Appendix "Elemental Epicureanism" by Cassius Amicus. Thomas Jefferson stated that Wright's book was "a treat to me of the highest order," and her work stands today as the most important defense of Epicurus composed since the ancient world.
Cassius Amicus "Thus Purred Catius Cat" is a poem for children of all ages. This original short poem, first composed in January of 2013, was written to summarize the basic principles of Epicurean theory and practice in a form simple enough for even children to understand, but in a way that is also faithful to the meaning of the original Epicurean doctrines. The subjects covered in the poem are taken from the remaining texts of original Epicurean doctrine as preserved by Diogenes Laertius and Lucretius.
Cassius Amicus A second Epicurean poem for children of all ages, by the author of "Thus Spake Catius' Cat." This work, like the former aims to explain basic principles of Epicurean theory and practice in a form that is both easy-to-understand and faithful to the ancient texts.