By Geert Roskam
Plutarch's De latenter vivendo is the single extant paintings from antiquity during which Epicurus' recognized perfect of an "unnoticed existence" (lathe biosas) is characterised. furthermore, the fast rhetorical paintings presents a lot fascinating information regarding Plutarch's polemical concepts and approximately his personal philosophical convictions within the domain names of ethics, politics, metaphysics, and eschatology.In this publication, Plutarch's anti-Epicurean polemic is known opposed to the historical past of the former philosophical culture. An exam of Epicurus' personal place is via a dialogue of Plutarch's polemical predecessors (Timocrates, Cicero, the early Stoics, and Seneca) and contemporaries (Epictetus), and by means of a systematical and particular research of Plutarch's personal arguments. The statement bargains more information and parallel passages (both from Plutarch's personal works and from different authors) that light up the textual content.
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Colot. 1126EF = fr. ; Philodemus, Πραγματεῖαι, col. xxv, 1 – col. ). cause of his decision: willingness to help an influential politician who entertained friendly relations with the Garden 3. Patro, the successor of Phaedrus as scholarch at Athens, repeatedly asked Cicero to interfere with Memmius. The latter intended to pull down the ruins of Epicurus’ house in order to build a villa for himself there (Cicero, fam. 13,1,2-4; Att. 5,11,6). Patro’s request was supported by Atticus (fam. 13,1,5).
P. MacKendrick (1989), 146 and J. Leonhardt (1999), 104-105. 16 There is no doubt that Epicurus is always situated at the lowest level of probability in Cicero’s works; see esp. W. Görler (1974), 63-83 and passim; G. Gawlick – W. Görler (1994), 1100-1116 and 1122-1123, on Cicero’s ‘Stufenschema’. 17 The two are connected in Plutarch, Adv. Colot. 1127A = fr. : γράφουσι περὶ πολιτείας ἵνα μὴ πολιτευώμεθα, καὶ περὶ ῥητορικῆς ἵνα μὴ ῥητορεύωμεν, κτλ. A. Long (1995), 38-39 is right in claiming that Cicero remains consistent about his interest as a writer in integrating philosophy with politics and rhetoric, and that this is “the key to understanding his philosophical œuvre as a whole, his philosophical sympathies, and much of his mind-set”.
Fowler (1989), 134-135 and 137-140; on the vague phrase patriai tempore iniquo, see esp. M. Erler (1994c), 400 (“In diesem Zusammenhang wird bisweilen auf das Proömium des ersten Buches (bes. O. Hutchinson (2001), with further bibliography. 52 53 38 Epicurus and the epicurean tradition The precise meaning of the vague phrase si quid intervenerit is far from clear. It has usually been interpreted as a reference to an extreme political emergency. The Epicurean philosopher will enter political life when the state risks to be ruined and social stability destroyed55.