LANDOR, Walter Savage: Epicurus, Leontion and Ternissa.

  • I happened to find this just last night and this looks like a page from a book, and it is a collector's item. I've been looking to find out if there are any more "Epicurean conversations" by Landor to be found on the internet. Joshua, maybe you know about this?


    I happened to find this before the newsest posting by Don (article which talks about pinpointing the exact location of the Garden).

    Here is a bit more about the writer and poet Landor...from Wikipedia:


    The Imaginary Conversations were begun when Landor was living in Florence and were initially published as they were completed between 1824-9, by which time they filled three volumes. The dialogues, not yet divided into categories, were initially given the composite title Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen. With their success Landor continued to write more, as well as to polish and add to those already published. Some appeared first in literary reviews, as for example the conversation between "Southey and Porson" on William Wordsworth's poetry in 1823, predating the first published series of conversations in the following year. Various supplemented editions followed each other until there were five volumes containing nearly 150 conversations.

  • I found a conversion page for stadia to miles.

    20 stadia = just about 2 miles

    Now Don has the following in his paper, which looks like the distance was quite a bit less.


    Cicero’s walk across Athens, through the Dipylon Gate, and ending at Plato’s Academy provides a tantalizing route for a walking tour through the ancient city. According to Cicero’s text, he and his friends walked six stades from the Dipylon Gate while talking about various topics (inde sermone vario sex illa a Dipylo stadia confecimus), and his companion Pomponius remarks that, upon arriving at the Academy, they had just passed (quos modo praeteribamus) Epicurus’s Garden.

  • I just glanced over the thread here and didn't see it, maybe I haven't come across this before. It's worth noting that this is the same Landor that Frost mentions in his poem "Lucretius versus the Lake Poets".

  • ^^ That's a pretty layout, but there are SO many things wrong with that imagined conversation!

    Yes! And this is how false ideas get spread, so it is important to set things straight as you have done in your paper (referenced above).