I am a new member of Epicurean friends. I am also a member of Epicurus Philosophy List. Vince Cook, the moderator of EPL has stated the following:
‘Epicurus's birthday, the traditional date on the ancient Attic calendar, the tenth of Gamelion, begins at sunset on January 26th this year.’
Your calendar marks Epicurus’s Birthday Jan 23rd.
I will appreciate your comments.
We initially calculated the 26th, but switched based on this comment: "But the right, and as Diogenis Laertius reports, is 7 days after the new moon in the month Gamelion, thus Epicurus birthday - for this year - is 23rd of January." That was the conclusion of two of our friends in Greece.
Do you know the basis of Vince's calculation? We'd certainly like to get it right! Thank you!
Hi Nal, nice to meet you here.
This was my mistake too. I counted 10 days after the new moon that it started this year 17th of January, but as Diogenis Laertius reports is 7 days after the new moon in the month Gamelion, thus Epicurus birthday - for this year - was yesterday the 23 rd of January.
Thank you for responding Elli! Vince Cook is one of the most respected Epicurus students out there, so Nal if you know how he calculated it, let us know. I see on the moon calendar that there is a start and finish of the new moon over several days, so I can see that being a source of ambiguity.