Twentieth Celebration

The Twentieth as a commemoration / assembly date was established by the ancient Epicureans in memory of Epicurus and Metrodorus.

The background of this event is as follows:

From the will of Epicurus in Diogenes Laertius:

"The income of the property left by me to Amynomachus and Timocrates shall be divided by them as far as possible, with the advice of Hermarchus, for the offerings in honor of my father and mother and brothers, and for the customary celebration of my birthday every year on the tenth of Gamelion, and likewise for the assembly of my disciples which takes place on the twentieth of each month, having been established in recollection of myself and Metrodorus. Let them also keep the day of my brothers in Poseideon and the day of Polyaenus in Metageitmon, as I have done myself."

Modern Articles Devoted to Observation of the Twentieth:

"Happy Twentieth" - Society of Epicurus

"The Celebration of the Twentieth" - Society of Epicurus

"Twentieth Celebration Posts" -

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  • I am sorry I missed this. I would like to try and attend next month. I am not sure what time zone the 8.30 refers to though. I am in Central European Summer Time but hopefully it won't be too much of a mismatch.

    I watched the youtube video so I'll be anticipating a lot of richly decorated plates of fruit, delicious cheeses, musiced play softly by graceful flute girls and boys, and who knows what else.

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    • Ouch - it would appear that our current schedule would mean this would occur in the very early morning hours for you, so we'll probably have to work on some way to accommodate you - perhaps with two sessions on the 20th. Please stay in touch over the next month and we will work something out. Thank you for your interest!