Thread Listing Epicureans Involved in Politics / Public Affairs

  • A recurring controversy in Epicurean philosophy is the extent to which it makes sense to be involved in "public affairs." In this thread let's simply set up a reference point to list names, involvement, and references, and later we can compile this into a chart.


    For example, the basic information we need is:

    Name: C. Velleius. Public Position: Roman Senator. Reference: Cicero's "On the Nature of the Gods, paragraph V / five, Yonge translation: "I found him sigging in his study, and in a discourse with C. Velleius, the senator, who was then reputed by the Epicureans the ablest of our countrymen."


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    No need to paste pictures of the references in this thread, but it would be very good to quote the relevant part.


    Other possibilities to add are:

    Cassius Longinus (Senator?)

    Julius Caesar's father-in-law (Senator?)

    Juilius Caesar himself (not clearly an Epicurean, although he was accused of Epicurean tendencies in Cicero's orations re Cataline Conspiracy)

    Plotina, wife of Emperor Trajan