DRAFT OF AGENDA FOR ONLINE EPICUREAN 20th
Welcome to this month's Online Epicurean Twentieth. We know that the ancient Epicureans commemorated this date because the will of Epicurus contains this instruction:
"The income of the property left by me to Amynomachus and Timocrates shall be divided by them as far as possible, with the advice of Hermarchus, for the offerings in honor of my father and mother and brothers, and for the customary celebration of my birthday every year on the tenth of Gamelion, and likewise for the assembly of my disciples which takes place on the twentieth of each month, having been established in recollection of myself and Metrodorus."
(1) Everyone say hello in the order your name appears in the list to the left. Don't give too much personal information if you prefer not to, but say hello and say something brief about your interest and background in Epicurus.
(2) Moderator read something about the life of Epicurus, either from Diogenes Laertius or maybe an excerpt from DeWitt's "Philosophy for the Millions" about the significance of Epicurus.
(3) Another moderater read something from or about the life of Metrodorus. This is going to be harder to find but we at least have what Laertius said about him.
(4) Another writer read some particularly appropriate passage from a text (Letter to Menoeceus)?
(5) Call for questions or comments, with people wanting to make them typing in a request to speak, and we go in that order
(6) Call meeting to close with a reading of one of the opening passages from one of the chapters of Lucretius, starting with Chapter One for this meeting.
From Chapter 1:
When human life, all too conspicuous,
Lay foully groveling on earth, weighed down
By grim Religion looming from the skies,
Horribly threatening mortal men, a man,
A Greek, first raised his mortal eyes
Bravely against this menace. No report
Of gods, no lightning-flash, no thunder-peal
Made this man cower, but drove him all the more
With passionate manliness of mind and will
To be the first to spring the tight-barred gates
Of Nature's hold asunder. So his force,
His vital force of mind, a conqueror
Beyond the flaming ramparts of the world
Explored the vast immensities of space
With wit and wisdom, and came back to us
Triumphant, bringing news of what can be
And what cannot, limits and boundaries,
The borderline, the bench mark, set forever.
Religion, so, is trampled underfoot,
And by his victory we reach the stars.
Conclude: Invite people to move to another voice/text channel after this is over if they have time and would like to talk further.