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  • Elayne

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    I propose that we need some procedural agreements when evaluating the texts on statements about the gods. My suggestions are:

    1) Epicurus' own words take precedence over all other source material. Anywhere Epicurus leaves room for different…
  • Susan Hill

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    I will either PIN it to the top of the "Nature of Epicurean Divinity" subforum, or I might even be able to make it a "description" of the forum itself.

    Yes please make a suggestion for writing it, that would be great. I can then set something up and…
  • Cassius

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    I will either PIN it to the top of the "Nature of Epicurean Divinity" subforum, or I might even be able to make it a "description" of the forum itself.

    Yes please make a suggestion for writing it, that would be great. I can then set something up and…
  • Cassius

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    Thank you for clarifying the file structure, Cassius. Maybe we only need two sub-forums, then - “Relevant Texts” and “Topics” (or something similar), and then all those other item headings would be thread titles under “Topics”. Does that make sense?

  • Susan Hill

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    Thank you for clarifying the file structure, Cassius. Maybe we only need two sub-forums, then - “Relevant Texts” and “Topics” (or something similar), and then all those other item headings would be thread titles under “Topics”. Does that make sense?

  • Charles

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  • Cassius

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    Susan and others --

    Creating subforums is something that I have do do myself under the software rules, but creating threads is easy for anyone to do anywhere, and it is easy for me to move threads to different forums once the threads and forums are…
  • Susan Hill

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  • Susan Hill

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    (Quote from Cassius)

    Thanks, Cassius. I agree with all you’ve written. I don’t intend to bring any foreign philosophies into it. There is a different section for that.

    Maybe the first sub forum could be “Relevant Texts”, which would just be quotes…
  • Martin

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    Cassius, one of the most frustrating things about constructed meaning for me was always that it was so flimsy... I could never make existentialism work if I _knew_ I was "making my own meaning", because having to make it meant it wasn't real in some…
  • Martin

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    One of the difficulties in quoting the texts is that cases can be made for conclusions out of alignment with the philosophy as a whole, if one is not cautious. Although I like DeWitt, I don't consider him necessarily accurate on every single issue, and
  • Susan Hill

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    Susan - also - In order to help organization I have moved this thread out of "General Discussion" and into the forum which I renamed as The Nature of Epicurean Divinity

    In turn I have that forum as a subsection of "Physics" as I gather that if we…
  • Don

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    Sure, works for me! But I think it would have to have that “worthy of reverence” element.

    Elayne, thank you for your reply. Now this one has been bugging me since I conceded on our conference call that the most perfect being would be that which…
  • Cassius

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    Susan - also - In order to help organization I have moved this thread out of "General Discussion" and into the forum which I renamed as The Nature of Epicurean Divinity

    In turn I have that forum as a subsection of "Physics" as I gather that if we…
  • Cassius

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    Susan, no, no need to go to through the images material first. I posted that just as my latest thought to add to the pot. From the point of view of how I have observed the forum to function best, I think it is always best if someone who is interested…
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    Posted the thread Pictures of Plotina.
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  • Susan Hill

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    Don, thank you for the amazing quotes. They add a lot to the picture and I would love to talk about every one of them. Thank you for expressing an interest, too.

    A lot of good points have been made and I wonder if what we are looking at is two…
  • Cassius

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    So far we've primarily been referring to anticipations, but of course there is a great deal of text material on idols / images / spectres or whatever term you prefer. It is going to be several weeks before we reach this point in the podcasts, so we…
  • Susan Hill

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    In returning to the original texts concerning the gods:
    First, I found Dewitt's quote of the gods being friends of sages:
    Philodemus, On the Life of the Gods, Vol. Herc. 1, VI col. 1: ... to the gods, and he admires their nature and their condition and…
  • Cassius

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    Thanks for assembling that Don!