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    I'm so busy with the first Epicurean festival that will be next week that I do not read this forum ofthen

    In the festival we will organize an epicurean lunch. And presenting the epicurean lunch to people jast this morning I wote this few lines:

    Epicurus was not a vegetarian

    Often we find the name Epicurus in the list of historical vegetarian figures. Indeed there are some testimonies in this sense, which are inevitably misunderstood by those who want to read us what they want to read.

    For example San Girolamo tells us: "Epicurus, a supporter of pleasure, did nothing but fill all his books with vegetables and fruit, and said that it is necessary to live on simple foods, because the meats and the refined foods are prepared with great anxiety and effort , and there is greater punishment in proposing them than enjoying them ... "

    But we know that Epicurus had made his flag of moderation and excluding a food on principle just does not fit into his strings. Certainly he normally preferred other foods, but on occasion there is no doubt that he even ate meat.

    "Being able to live happily with simple and unrequired food is good for your health and (...) makes us appreciate more the little luxuries that sometimes fate gives us ..." (Letter to Meneceo).

    Of course afther the festival I'll post all the pictures of Epicurs' Lunch... :)

    Here is an interesting article on the webpage of YSEE, by an historian Chris Aldridge https://www.ysee.gr/aldridge.html

    You should read the last book of Catherine Nixey. The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World.

    In my book I'm tryng to explain that boot Cristians and Epicureas talks about friendship and love. But Epicureans must think about it. Cristians have just to have faith. And this is probably the cause cristians won. Think about everything, be ready to explayn our reasons is far harder than saying: "God saiud that". And peolple are lazy and sometimes stupid too.

    Thank you for reading.

    Michele - I was posting earlier today about the Boscoreale cup, and noting how frustrating it is that we don't have images for the full cup. If you happen to think of it and the occasion arises, it would be tremendously good if somehow we could get a 3d scan of it so that people could print their own duplicates. I know you have a lot on your mind but if the occasion arises to talk to anyone who might be able to help, please let us know!

    Same thing goes for the leaping pig. It would be so great to get a 3d scan of that to print.

    Of course I wouldn't even consider planting in your mind that a 3d scan of the Epicurus Hermarchus and Metrodorus busts from Herculaneum would make the world of Epicurean 3d scan / printing complete! ;)

    All this objects are conserved in important museums. I do not think it will be easy to have permission to scan them...

    Trade shows

    28 - 31 August - 17-23 Palazzetto Baviera (Sala ex archivio)

    The Garden of Epicurus - O Epicourou Képos

    Exhibition curated by Sandro Borzoni.

    Exhibition of Epicurus bust sculpted by the artist Monica Rafaeli froma Senigallia.

    Display of the pendant inspired by the Herculaneum piglet made by the goldsmith Catia Coacci.

    Exhibition of drawings by the artist Salvo Baglieri.

    26th - 30th August - 9.00 am - 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm - 7.00 pm (Friday 9.00 am - 1.30 pm) - Municipal Media Library

    Photo exhibition

    Love / Friendship

    Beauty / Happiness


    by the Association Carlo Bugatti friends of Musinf

    Thursday 29 August - Preview

    22:30 Cinema Gabbiano

    Before happiness

    Projection of the short film by Andrea Carli dedicated to Happiness and Friendship. Projection of the documentary by Alain De Botton "Philosophy a guide to happiness - Epicurus on happiness"

    Admission € 1

    Friday 30 August

    5.00 pm Palazzetto Baviera Ex-archive room

    Presentation of the exhibition

    Inauguration with the artists Monica Rafaeli and Catia Coacci and with the curator Sandro Borzoni.

    18:00 - 20:00 Raffaello Hotel

    Happiness is really simple

    Presentation of the Book of Charm of the Garden of Grace Talia Calvi.

    Epicurus Zen master

    Presentation of the book "Epicurus of Samos, master ZEN" with the Zen monk Salvatore Shogaku Sottile.

    Happiness has no sex
    Why did Epicurus first open his school to women? With Professor Angela Sinicato and, in connection with Skype, Angela Lombardo.

    Travelers and Stancials
    A comparison between today's globalization and that of the Hellenistic Age and the positions of Epicurus with Professor Roberto Contessi.

    21:30 Archeology Area La Fenice

    Underground Senigallia - Readings from De Rerum Natura di Lucrezio

    Voice: Catia Urbinelli, with Chiara Avati, violin and viola and Martina Giulianelli, Violin. By the Teatro Nuovo Melograno.

    Saturday 31 August

    7:00 Marta Baths 53

    The sea and Zen

    ZEN Meditation by Zen monk Salvatore Shogaku Sottile


    Greek breakfast

    Breakfast with honey addicts by Co ’magnam stasera?

    11:00 - 12:30 Raffaello Hotel

    Friendship, a privileged way to happiness

    With the Researcher in Political Philosophy Elena Irrera of the University of Bologna.

    Science and happiness

    What science says about happiness today. With Tommaso Panajoli, scientific communicator of the Museo del Balì in Calcinelli di Saltara (PU).

    Epicurean studies in Senigallia

    Considerations on Rodolfo Mondolfo by professor Vittorio Mengucci.

    13:30 Sepia by Niko

    Nunc est bibendum

    Greek cuisine revisited by chef Niko Pizzimenti


    - Trio of Babaganoush, beetroot, tzatziki with Greek pita and gyros of piglet

    - Grilled Saganaki (cheese) and sunflower honey

    - Grilled squids with broad bean cream

    - Mousse du yougurt Greek style Santorini

    Wine: Verdicchio

    40 € (reservation required at 338.4485682)

    17:00 Ubik Bookstore

    An epicurean week

    Presentation of the book "Lezioni di Felicità" with the author Ilaria Gaspari

    18:30 - 20:00 Raffaello Hotel

    Metaphysical materialistic Epicurus

    Presentation of the book by Goffredo Coppola "Life of Epicurus" with Roberto Paradisi.

    The assets of the soul are to be preferred to those of the body

    Democritus: teacher of the ante litteram Garden by professor Sandro Borzoni.

    The legacy of Enoanda

    A journey through the ruins of Enoanda and the testimonies of Diogenes, curated by Harold Roig i Gorina

    21:30 Piazza Roma

    Epicurus in his time

    Meeting with the philosopher Roberto Radice.

    Curated by Fabrizio Marcantoni - UBIK Library.

    (in case of rain the meeting will be held at Palazzetto Baviera)

    11:30 pm Pasquini Coffee

    Aut bibat aut abeat

    Discussion of Greek and Latin traditional wines

    Sunday, September 1st

    11:00 Underpass via Mamiani

    Instructions for happiness

    Inauguration of the graffiti of JassArt group writers who report Epicurean's phrases on friendship.

    In the second century AD in Enoanda in Lycia (now in Turkey), Diogenes, an old epicurean philosopher, wanted to share the happiness that Epicurus's philosophy had provided him but he realized that the people who needed happiness around him were too many for him to talk to each of them individually, so for all his fellow citizens, for the foreigners who visited the city and also for posterity, he had the cornerstones of the Epicurean philosophy engraved on an enormous wall.

    A part of that wall has come down to us and it is thanks to Diogenes of Enoanda that we can read some works by Epicurus that would otherwise be lost and better understand his thinking.

    Some guys did the same. They replaced the chisel with spray cans, but the desire for happiness remained unchanged.

    12:00 Raffaello Hotel

    The garden still flowers

    Conclusions by Michele Pinto

    I'll translate the program in English tomorrow.
    I'll start again translating my book afher the festival, in September.

    All you Cassius wrote about Senigallia is correct. We have an archaeological area in town and there we'll read some of Lucretius.

    I'll take a lot of pictures and videos. I'll write a report and Sandro, a friend and an Italian Epicurean, will realize a book with all the relations. We are planning to establish an Association.

    Hallo everybody!
    I'm silent from a while here because I'm organizing the first epicurean festival. I have the complete program.

    There will be a lot of short lessons about Epicurus (30 minutes).
    There will be a launch based on the few writings of Epicurus about food. The painting of a subway with some sentences of Epicurus like in Enoanda, reading of Lucrezio and more.

    I really hope who is not to far ( Elli) will came and enjoy us!

    Then a goldsmith my friend realised a silver piglet inspired from Orace a and the piglet founded in Ercolano.

    "If you want to have a laugh, come and see me!

    I will welcome you in splendid form

    in flesh and well groomed:

    a pig from the herd of Epicurus. "

    Horace, Letters, I, 4

    More news here: http://epicuro.org/il-maialino-di-catia-coacci/

    And then I published my book: http://epicuro.org/timoteo-e-d…rsi-nel-mondo-di-epicuro/

    Hope to listen you soon!

    I read "Il Gattopardo" di Tomasi di Lampedusa, but I did not found anything of Epicurean in it.

    It is a very important book for Italian culture.

    The protagonist is a nobleman who, before the mission of Garibaldi's 1000, supported the Borbone king, after the Savoia king.

    The most famous phrase, continually quoted in Italy is "Change everything because everything remains as it is". The king changes, but the privileges of the aristocracy remain unchanged. There is a reform, but politicians continue to steal ...

    Here the translation of:


    An epicurean week

    In the book "Lezioni di felicità" (Lessons of Happiness) Ilaria Gaspari tells firsthand how to rebuild her life thanks to classical philosophy.

    The protagonist of the story has just been left by the partner with whom she had lived for a long time. Unfortunately the rent of their apartment, now that she is alone, is too expensive and she is forced to move. A double blow leaves her on her knees. To start again, a week at a time, the protagonist will follow the teachings of a different Greek philosophical school. Including Epicureanism.

    This book has the indisputable merit of presenting the thought of Pythagoras, Parmenides, Zeno, Pirrone, Epicurus and Diogenes as a living thought and not as a distant object of study covered by the dust of centuries.

    In this Epicurus is distinctly distinguished from other philosophers. The protagonist does not need to interpret and adapt Epicurean's advice for a happy life, as it is necessary to do for all the other schools. It is no coincidence that the book opens with a quotation from Epicurus: "The discourse of that philosopher who does not cure any evil of the human soul is in vain."

    Ilaria Gaspari's interpretation of Epicurus is lucid and fascinating.

    "Epicurus is one of those philosophers whose ideas have been so free, so different from those of all their contemporaries - and therefore so foolish, with less outdated eyes - that they give him the reputation of being depraved, vicious, disheartened or whatever you want. "

    At first the protagonist focuses on the teaching of Epicurus regarding desires: natural and necessary, natural but not necessary and unnecessary. "The fact is that we are not used to cultivating moderation: I realize, with a certain surprise, when unexpectedly my epicurean life turns into a long chase of frugality." And also: "I want to decide what I want, and also what I don't want. The problem, however, is that this activity ends up absorbing all my time, it's a spiral from which it seems impossible to get out. "

    But then, understanding the message of Epicurus better, he finds serenity again: "I understand that being a good Epicurean does not mean either being dissolute or monastic in the severity towards myself, but letting myself live with subtle fatalism, without falling prey to anguish." Center! Despite the term fatalism I do not think it is particularly suitable, because for Epicurus the contingencies of fate have a very limited power over our happiness.

    Finally the author underlines the importance that friendship and generosity have for Epicurean happiness.

    However brief, only one chapter of the book is dedicated to Epicurus, the epicurean experience of Ilaria Gaspari is decidedly effective and original. And if the author prefers to learn happiness from dogs rather than "compete in happiness with Zeus himself" well, everyone makes their choices.

    I forgot:

    Ilaria Gaspari wrote a book about Greek philosophy. For six weeks she lived following a different school. The 5th week was the epicurean one. And she at start appreciates Epicurus teaching about desires, then she dicovered it is not enough for happiness and went further.

    Ilaria will be at Epicurean Festival in Senigallia this summer. :)
    And this is my article about her book: http://epicuro.org/una-settimana-epicurea/ I'll translate it for you soon.

    I state: I love ice cream and eat absurd quantities ... :)

    I believe that the message of balance of Epicurus is very important. I said balance, not abstinence, pauperism or the like. And I think it's very important because it's what the world is struggling to accept.

    We all see it all the days, it seems that everyone tells us earn as much money as you can and spend them all on useless things. The voice of Epicurus is out of this chorus and is therefore appreciated. Perhaps this message is trivial, but we cannot take it for granted. Indeed, perhaps it is precisely on this that we can aim to make Epicuro known at the beginning.

    Why is the rest of Epicurus's message more or less ignored? I do not know. I wouldn't worry about it, rather we keep talking about it here.

    Finally, the vignette ... I didn't do it for informative purposes, but to make the already navigated Epicureans have a few laughs. I think irony is important in Epicurean life.