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Lucretius – On the Nature of Things – Epicureanism

By |2018-04-18T17:19:14+00:00September 4th, 2017|Philosophy, Romans, Science|

A medieval manuscript copy of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) Lucretius was born about 99 BC, in the later Roman Republic. Nobody knows anything about Lucretius' life. But he must have been an educated Roman from a very rich family. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to do the work he did. At some [...]

Roman philosophy – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T11:41:37+00:00September 4th, 2017|Philosophy, Romans|

A Roman man making a speech (Florence, about 50 BC) Thanks to VROMA for the image Romans meet Greek philosophy Roman men didn't begin studying philosophy until about 200 BC. At that time, the Romans were conquering Greece. So a lot of Roman soldiers and generals spent a lot of time in Greece, and got a chance to talk [...]

Epicurean philosophy – ancient Greece

By |2018-11-26T20:57:29+00:00August 16th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

A statue of the philosopher Epicurus, carved later, long after he died. When did Epicurus live? Another philosophical group which developed in the Hellenistic period, around the same time as the Skeptics, was the Epicureans. Epicureans were named after their founder, Epicurus, who lived around 300 BC. Who were the Skeptics? More Greek philosophy All our Ancient Greece [...]

Greek philosophy – ancient Greece

By |2018-10-02T08:47:34+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Greek philosophy at a symposium: men talking at a party - Loan Ant.103.18.The Fitzwilliam Museum The beginnings of philosophy In the 500s BC, people all over Europe and Asia became more and more interested in great philosophical questions. Why are we here? How does the world work? Why do things happen the way [...]