The list of insults used by Epicurus against his opponents, as listed by Diogenes Laertius, is colorful, but there is also a lot to learn from taking them apart and dissecting them. That's a task that probably can't be handled in one thread, but this is a place to start. If you've seen commentators give explanations for these, please add them to the thread . In each case we ought to explore who the opponent is, why he was an opponent, and the basis in truth for why Epicurus' insult is biting.
Here's the list:
- Nausiphanes: ‘The mollusk,’ ‘The illiterate,’ ‘The cheat,’ ‘The harlot.’
- The followers of Plato: ‘Flatterers of Dionysus,’
- Plato: ‘The golden man,’
- Aristotle: ‘The debauchee,' saying that he devoured his inheritance and then enlisted and sold drugs.
- Protagoras: ‘Porter’ or ‘Copier of Democritus,’ saying that he taught in the village schools.
- Heraclitus: ‘The Muddler,’
- Democritus: Lerocritus (‘judge of nonsense’),
- Antidorus: Sannidorus (‘Maniac’),
- the Cynics: ‘Enemies of Hellas,’
- the Logicians: ‘The destroyers,’
- Pyrrho: ‘The uneducated fool.’
Anyone who can help, please add a post below and we can compile the result either here in this first post of the thread, or in the lexicon, or some other logical place, over time.