Welcome Happy-Go-Lucky!

  • Welcome Happy-Go-Lucky! Thanks for joining us! When you get a chance, please tell us about yourself and your background in Epicurean philosophy.

    It would be particularly helpful if you could tell us (1) how you found this forum, and (2) how much background reading you have done in Epicurus. As an aid in the latter, we have prepared the following list of core reading.

    We look forward to talking with you!

    ----------------------- Epicurean Works I Have Read ---------------------------------

    1 The Biography of Epicurus By Diogenes Laertius (Chapter 10). This includes all Epicurus' letters and the Authorized Doctrines. Supplement with the Vatican list of Sayings.

    2 "Epicurus And His Philosophy" - Norman DeWitt

    3 "On The Nature of Things"- Lucretius

    4 Cicero's "On Ends" - Torquatus Section

    5 Cicero's "On The Nature of the Gods" - Velleius Section

    6 The Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda - Martin Ferguson Smith translation

    7 "A Few Days In Athens" - Frances Wright

    8 Lucian Core Texts on Epicurus: (1) Alexander the Oracle-Monger, (2) Hermotimus (3) Others?

    9 Plato's Philebus

    10 Philodemus "On Methods of Inference" (De Lacy version, including his appendix on relationship of Epicurean canon to Aristotle and other Greeks)

    11 "The Greeks on Pleasure" -Gosling & Taylor Sections on Epicurus, especially on katastematic and kinetic pleasure.

  • Thank you for the kind welcome!

    I found my way here through the study of the works of Robert LeFevre (Autarchism) and the reading on the book Tending the Epicurean Garden by Hiram Crespo.

    ETA: Now that I think about it Epicurus: Letter to Menoeceus was the first relative thing that iIread.

    I plan to read Epicurus And His Philosophy by Norman DeWitt, very soon.


  • Welcome Happy-Go-Lucky Glad to have you on both here and on the Discord!

    “If the joys found in nature are crimes, then man’s pleasure and happiness is to be criminal.”