Pamela Gordon's The Invention and Gendering of Epicurus PDF

By Pamela Gordon

the college of Greek thinker Epicurus, which grew to become referred to as the backyard, famously positioned nice inventory in happiness and enjoyment. As a philosophical group, and a manner of seeing the realm, Epicureanism had a centuries-long existence in Athens and Rome, in addition to around the Mediterranean.

The Invention and Gendering of Epicurus reports how the Garden's outlook on excitement captured Greek and Roman imaginations---particularly between non-Epicureans---for generations after its mythical founding. Unsympathetic resources from disparate eras often concentration now not on historical personages yet at the symbolic Epicurean. And but the traditions of this imagined backyard, with its disreputable ladies and unmanly males, supply us intermittent glimpses of historic Epicureans and their conceptions of the Epicurean life.

Pamela Gordon indicates how an in depth listening to and contextualization of anti-Epicurean discourse leads us to a greater figuring out of the cultural heritage of Epicureanism. Her fundamental concentration is on assets opposed to the backyard, yet her Epicurean-friendly viewpoint is obvious all through. Her engagement with old anti-Epicurean texts makes extra palpable their effect on sleek responses to the Garden.

Intended either for college kids and for students of Epicureanism and its reaction, the amount is equipped basically in line with the topics universal between Epicurus' detractors. It considers where of girls in Epicurean circles, in addition to the function of Epicurean philosophy in Homer and different writers.

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