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  • (Quote) (Quote) A slightly more charitable interpretation (since their Greek is better than mine); Some of the translators may be latching on to a punning connection between πολύς (many) and πόλις (city-state, or more poetically "the affairs of the world"). But Epicurus is known to have favored plainer speech. Further, he chose Athens, the beating heart of Greek culture. Samos off the coast of Asia was at a far greater remove from the Greek world.
  • Yes–by a modern (and U.S. centered) analogy, he set up shop in Central Park, not in Montana. But I suspect that like Aristotle he would have found his way to Athens in any case. A century or two earlier, Miletus: a century or two later, perhaps Alexandria.