Paradosis & Survival

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University of Michigan Press, 1998 - History - 284 pages
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Paradosis and Survival presents Diskin Clay's fifteen essays devoted to recovering the three main phases of Epicureanism in antiquity: the origin in the first generation of the school in Athens; its spread to Italy in the first century b.c.e.; and its movement to Lycia in the second century c.e. Clay recognizes the subtle intertwining of philosophy and lifestyle, and he makes use of papyri and inscriptions as well as familiar philosophical texts to illuminate both.
The first series of essays concentrates on the mechanisms Epicurus devised to assure the survival of the philosophy beyond its Athenian roots. Clay presents social history on an equal footing with doctrine, and offers for the first time evidence for hero cults among philosophers who believed that the soul died with the body. The second set of essays concentrates Epicureanism in the age of Cicero, Philodemus, and Lucretius. In the four essays on De Rerum Natura, Lucretius is viewed not as a transparency through which we can view the Greek of Epicurus, but a Roman philosopher in control of both doctrine and rhetoric. The book concludes with the study of the philosophy in Oenoanda, Lycia, in which the author brilliantly situates post-1968 discoveries from Oenoanda and the Villa de Papiri in Herculaneum in the context of the second-century mountain city.
This study of Epicureanism as a social movement will be of interest to students of ancient philosophy and the philosophy of early modern Europe, when Epicureanism was revived. In addition, scholars of the New Testament will find parallels to the rise and spread of Christianity.
Diskin Clay is the R. J. R. Nabisco Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University.
 

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Contents

Epicurus Last Will and Testament
3
Epicurean School
55
The Cults of Epicurus
75
Philodemus on the Plain Speaking of the Other Philosophers
105
Greek Physis and Epicurean Physiologia
121
The Sources of Lucretius Inspiration
138
An Anatomy of Lucretian Metaphor
161
Lucretius Gigantomachy
174
Oenoanda
187
Diogenes of Oenoanda
189
The Crux at Diogenes
200
Philippsons Basilica and Diogenes Stoa Diogenes
207
A Lost Epicurean Community
232
Bibliography
257
Passages Cited
273
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