Hicks. "All my books to be given to Hermarchus. There seems to be some confusion in these extracts. For without the transmission from the object of a certain interconnexion of the parts no such sensation could arise. 14. Also that in his letters he wrote to Leontion, "O Lord Apollo, my dear little Leontion, with what tumultuous applause we were inspired as we read your letter." This second mention of Timocrates (see 6) may have been a marginal note, not very suitably placed, intended to distinguish the renegade Timocrates from his namesake, one of Epicurus' executors (18). Certain Ionian youths having purchased of the Milesian fishermen their catch of fish, a dispute arose over the tripod which had formed part of the catch. The wise man will not make fine speeches. Again, "Office shows the man." He sat in a warm bath and neat wine quaff'd, He died at the age of 78 (or, according to Sosicrates, of 90 years); for he died in the 58th Olympiad, being contemporary with Croesus, whom he undertook to take across the Halys without building a bridge, by diverting the river. His sun-dial is also preserved in the island of Syros. iii. Being asked if there were flutes in Scythia, he replied, "No, nor yet vines." Old sire, two offers of marriage are made to me; the one bride is in wealth and birth my equal; After engaging in politics he became a student of nature. But v. Arnim's ἀμερῆ, "void of parts," is more suitable. "May yours be a happy death when your time comes. 11. Cf. Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity. ", 101. Lives of the eminent philosophers - wikisource, Apr 12, 2012 Lives of the Eminent Philosophers. 38 τὸ προσμένον καὶ τὸ ἄδηλον, and the way in which the conception of void is obtained in 40. As regards women he will submit to the restrictions imposed by the law, as Diogenes says in his epitome of Epicurus' ethical doctrines. 3. For verily there are gods, and the knowledge of them is manifest; but they are not such as the multitude believe, seeing that men do not steadfastly maintain the notions they form respecting them. 116. [47] For all our notions are derived from perceptions, either by actual contact or by analogy, or resemblance, or composition, with some slight aid from reasoning. He was admitted to citizenship at Miletus when he came to that town along with Nileos, who had been expelled from Phoenicia. many of them are regarded as sporadic thinkers, according to the view expressed in viii. v. 1041 f. Heraclitus, Democritus, and Aristotle derived language from convention. "And if anything should happen to Hermarchus before the children of Metrodorus grow up, Amynomachus and Timocrates shall give from the funds bequeathed by me, so far as possible, enough for their several needs, as long as they are well ordered. When he learnt that Pisistratus was by this time tyrant, he wrote to the Athenians on this wise:[44]. 22. As in the whole survey, so in this particular point, the facts invite us to give a plurality of explanations. Do not be rash to make friends and, when once they are made, do not drop them. But Demetrius reports a story that he received from the Nymphs food of a special sort and kept it in a cow's hoof; that he took small doses of this food, which was entirely absorbed into his system, and he was never seen to eat. When these reach the eye, the result is faulty perception; e.g. 2. Moreover, he advised men to practise bodily exercise; to be listeners rather than talkers; to choose instruction rather than ignorance; to refrain from ill-omened words; to be friendly to virtue, hostile to vice; to shun injustice; to counsel the state for the best; not to be overcome by pleasure; to do nothing by violence; to educate their children; to put an end to enmity. And on his way from Olympia he advised Perilaus, his host in Messene, to move thence with all belonging to him; but Perilaus could not be persuaded, and Messene was afterwards taken.[85]. 55. Here it is:[54]. It was due to excess of joy coupled with the weakness of a man stricken in years. 87, 104 f., 189, 256 f., 714 f.; Cic. Such are his views on celestial phenomena. They also set up statues and temples to these sacred animals because they do not know the true form of the deity. This text was converted to electronic form by Data Entry and has been proofread to a low level of accuracy. 358-367. A wingèd arrow laid the preacher low. And the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars may be due to kindling and quenching,[119] provided that the circumstances are such as to produce this result in each of the two regions, east and west: for no fact testifies against this. [He says this both in the second book "On Nature" and in the Larger Epitome. Having taken these measures, he himself encountered the first pair and was slain. 13. 34. 125. iii. is extended,[88] nor again as utterly unlike it, but as having something in common with the things capable of being traversed, though it is without distinction of parts. 353 sqq., 501 sqq. The Epicureans do not suffer the wise man to fall in love; nor will he trouble himself about funeral rites; according to them love does not come by divine inspiration: so Diogenes in his twelfth book. Also that among other courtesans who consorted with him and Metrodorus were Mammarion and Hedia and Erotion and Nikidion. To (2) belongs Soul (66). Nor are they living beings which have been separated from the infinite.] Later, in the Peloponnesian war, Nicias reduced the island and placed an Athenian garrison there, and did the Lacedaemonians much mischief. 4. A perplexing passage. And if you ask him what he heard and what he saw, he will give his message. 150. Nay, in every term we use we must hold fast to all the majesty which attaches to such notions as bliss and immortality, lest the terms should generate opinions inconsistent with this majesty. Lives of Eminent Philosophers. Foolish, therefore, is the man who says that he fears death, not because it will pain when it comes, but because it pains in the prospect. 95. If something unchanging underlies every change, the transformation of things and of their qualities must be due to the motion of the component atoms. 94. Surely a wiser wish were thus expressed, It were easy for him to do so, if once he were firmly convinced. 52. 136. 8. 139. And the earth either takes in this wind from without or from the falling in of foundations, when undermined, into subterranean caverns, thus raising a wind in the imprisoned air. the atoms, has its own mass (ὄγκος) and configuration. Wherefore prudence is a more precious thing even than philosophy; from it spring all the other virtues, for it teaches that we cannot lead a life of pleasure which is not also a life of prudence, honour, and justice; nor lead a life of prudence, honour, and justice, which is not also a life of pleasure. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9780190862190, 019086219X. Avoid being affectionate to your wife, or quarrelling with her, in the presence of strangers; for the one savours of folly, the other of madness. And so too we must think it happens upon the earth also.]. Because, having created a monopoly, he could charge what he pleased. 47. However, I will come and see you, for I am eager to make your acquaintance. Hermippus in his work On the Sages reckons seventeen, from which number different people make different selections of seven. This collection of forty of the most important articles of faith in the Epicurean creed was famous in antiquity. 353-363, 379-390. The island lies on the high seas, and one who lives here has nothing to fear from Pisistratus. Epicurus was a most prolific author and eclipsed all before him in the number of his writings: for they amount to about three hundred rolls, and contain not a single citation from other authors; it is Epicurus himself who speaks throughout. Its founder was Thales, and Anaximander was his pupil. 9. There is no need to banish from reality this clear evidence that the accident has not the nature of that whole – by us called body – to which it belongs, nor of the permanent properties which accompany the whole. The former was a pupil of Thales, Pythagoras was taught by Pherecydes. And o'er his ashes sea-proud Lindus weeps. 119. [46] Excellent, too, is his provision that the guardian of an orphan should not marry the mother of his ward, and that the next heir who would succeed on the death of the orphans should be disqualified from acting as their guardian. The just man enjoys the greatest peace of mind, while the unjust is full of the utmost disquietude. in conformity with the sense-data which precede the recognition. More precisely ἄδηλον = that which does not come within the range of sense. See 50, 147. 628-634. Accordingly they give it to Thales, and he to another, and so on till it comes to Solon, who, with the remark that the god was the most wise, sent it off to Delphi. Hermippus in his Lives refers to Thales the story which is told by some of Socrates, namely, that he used to say there were three blessings for which he was grateful to Fortune: "first, that I was born a human being and not one of the brutes; next, that I was born a man and not a woman; thirdly, a Greek and not a barbarian." 61. And lest it should be thought that he had acquired Salamis by force only and not of right, he opened certain graves and showed that the dead were buried with their faces to the east, as was the custom of burial among the Athenians; further, that the tombs themselves faced the east,[40] and that the inscriptions graven upon them named the deceased by their demes, which is a style peculiar to Athens. And, even as he led home the humble bride, so do you, Dion, keep to your own sphere. For shape cf. said he, "lest they hear and become aware that you are here in the ship." He was a man of few words; hence Aristagoras of Miletus calls this style of speaking Chilonean. When some Athenian reproached him with being a Scythian, he replied, "Well, granted that my country is a disgrace to me, you are a disgrace to your country." For it had not this power in itself; but something else, congenital with the body, supplied it to body: which other thing, through the potentiality actualized in it by means of motion, at once acquired for itself a quality of sentience, and, in virtue of the neighbourhood and interconnexion between them, imparted it (as I said) to the body also. Apollodorus in his Chronology places his birth in the first year of the 35th Olympiad. "There is the further point to be considered, what the incorporeal can be, if, I mean, according to current usage the term is applied to what can be conceived as self-existent. "Comets arise either because fire is nourished in certain places at certain intervals in the heavens, if circumstances are favourable; or because at times the heaven has a particular motion above us so that such stars appear; or because the stars themselves are set in motion under certain conditions and come to our neighbourhood and show themselves. 455 f., where slavery, poverty, riches, war and peace are the examples chosen, as elsewhere are rest and motion. It was a saying of his that the vine bore three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the next of intoxication, and the third of disgust. 1992. The work covers a larger number of figures and a longer period of time than any other extant ancient source, from the Presocratic Thales to Epicurus. 37, 73, 82, 152. 80-141; Cic. . There is the tradition of the malady which proved fatal to Pherecydes (cf. 14. The physical part includes the entire theory of Nature: it is contained in the thirty-seven books Of Nature and, in a summary form, in the letters. [128] Before quoting his words, however, let me go into the views of Epicurus himself and his school concerning the wise man. An ironical compliment, probably on Plato's style: cf. We must chiefly reflect upon that to which we attach this peculiar character of time, and by which we measure it. 36. We must not investigate time as we do the other accidents which we investigate in a subject, namely, by referring them to the preconceptions envisaged in our minds; but we must take into account the plain fact itself, in virtue of which we speak of time as long or short, linking to it in intimate connexion this attribute of duration. Otherwise such inconsistency will of itself suffice to produce the worst disturbance in our minds. further research on Hellenistic scholarship, concerning history of philosophy and biographies of philosophers, and on the transmission of early Greek philosophy in Antiquity. An obscure person in more recent times who is mentioned by Dionysius in his. 44. Admit the existence of the gods. Periander heard the appeal and gave judgement in favour of Athens. Not the man who denies the gods worshipped by the multitude, but he who affirms of the gods what the multitude believes about them is truly impious. The Athenians voted him a talent in money and a ship to convey him back to Crete. the one thing without which pleasure cannot be, everything else, food, for instance, being separable, i.e. A short letter is also ascribed to him. 14. Thus Epicurus spake, and breathed his last. "For those who are unable to study carefully all my physical writings or to go into the longer treatises at all, I have myself prepared an epitome[56] of the whole system, Herodotus, to preserve in the memory enough of the principal doctrines,[57] to the end that on every occasion they may be able to aid themselves on the most important points, so far as they take up the study of Physics. I was glad to receive your request and am full of pleasant expectations. He first proposed the appointment of ephors as auxiliaries to the kings, though Satyrus says this was done by Lycurgus.[55]. And he decided to make terms and sent a messenger. 89. At Salamis, which crushed the Persian might, His universal principles are matter and the efficient cause, quality, and place; for that out of which and that by which a thing is made, as well as the quality with which and the place in which it is made, are principles. Apollodorus, known as the tyrant of the garden, who wrote over four hundred books, is also famous; and the two Ptolemaei of Alexandria, the one black and the other white; and Zeno[39] of Sidon, the pupil of Apollodorus, a voluminous author; 26. and Demetrius,[40] who was called the Laconian; and Diogenes of Tarsus, who compiled the select lectures; and Orion, and others whom the genuine Epicureans call Sophists. This, as the most authentic summary of Epicurean physics which we possess, serves as a groundwork in modern histories, e.g. 1. Besides, their incessant effluence meets with no resistance,[69] or very little, although many atoms, not to say an unlimited number, do at once encounter resistance. In everything else I commit no offence against God or man; but I leave to the Athenians the management of their affairs according to the ordinances established by you. But, instead of going on your travels, come quietly to Crete to me; for here you will have no monarch to fear, whereas, if some of his friends should fall in with you while you are travelling about, I fear you may come to some harm.'. His curiosity aroused, Anacharsis went to the village in summer time and found him fitting a share to a plough and said, "Myson, this is not the season for the plough." And Myson, whom Apollo's self proclaimed Myson was the son of Strymon, according to Sosicrates, who quotes Hermippus as his authority, and a native of Chen, a village in the district of Oeta or Laconia; and he is reckoned one of the Seven Sages. 56. 137. But mental tranquillity means being released from all these troubles and cherishing a continual remembrance of the highest and most important truths. He is undoubtedly the author of the laws which bear his name; of speeches, and of poems in elegiac metre, namely, counsels addressed to himself, on Salamis and on the Athenian constitution, five thousand lines in all, not to mention poems in iambic metre and epodes. v. 519 f. it is probable that words are lost from the text which ascribed these motions to the quest of fiery atoms by the heavenly bodies. Left to our own feelings, then, we shun pain; as when even Heracles, devoured by the poisoned robe, cries aloud, And bites and yells, and rock to rock resounds, But all things fall short of the might of the gods; even mortal hands break marble in pieces; this is a fool's devising. According to some he left nothing in writing; for the Nautical Astronomy[17] attributed to him is said to be by Phocus of Samos. His statue has the following inscription:[51]. "But when we come to subjects for special inquiry, there is nothing in the knowledge of risings and settings and solstices and eclipses and all kindred subjects that contributes to our happiness; but those who are well-informed about such matters and yet are ignorant what the heavenly bodies really are, and what are the most important causes of phenomena, feel quite as much fear as those who have no such special information – nay, perhaps even greater fear, when the curiosity excited by this additional knowledge cannot find a solution or understand the subordination of these phenomena to the highest causes. that an atom should become visible.[85]. Buy The Lives of Eminent Philosophers (Volume 1): Books 1-5: Vol 1 (Loeb Classical Library *CONTINS TO info@harvardup.co.uk) by Diogenes Laerti, Diogenes Laerti, Hicks, R. D. (ISBN: 9780674992030) from Amazon's Book Store. Gesticulation in speaking should be avoided as a mark of insanity. For particles are continually streaming off from the surface of bodies, though no diminution of the bodies is observed, because other particles take their place. The men who were commonly regarded as sages were the following: Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, Pittacus. And he will make money, but only by his wisdom, if he should be in poverty, and he will pay court to a king, if need be. ", Elsewhere he rejects the whole of divination,[134] as in the short epitome, and says, "No means of predicting the future really exists, and if it did, we must regard what happens according to it as nothing to us.". "Time." "And to this view we must closely adhere, if we are not to repudiate the criteria founded on the clear evidence of sense, nor again to throw all these things into confusion by maintaining falsehood as if it were truth.[78]. 317 (Us. For men used to borrow money on personal security, and many were forced from poverty to become serfs or daylabourers. No further proof is required: we have only to reflect that we attach the attribute of time to days and nights and their parts, and likewise to feelings of pleasure and pain and to neutral states, to states of movement and states of rest, conceiving a peculiar accident of these to be this very characteristic which we express by the word 'time.' And when they descend upon land, they cause what are called tornadoes, in accordance with the various ways in which they are produced through the force of the wind; and when let down upon the sea, they cause waterspouts. "There is yet one more point to seize, namely, that the greatest anxiety of the human mind arises through the belief that the heavenly bodies are blessed and indestructible, and that at the same time they have volitions and actions and causality inconsistent with this belief; and through expecting or apprehending some everlasting evil, either because of the myths, or because we are in dread of the mere insensibility of death, as if it had to do with us; and through being reduced to this state not by conviction but by a certain irrational perversity, so that, if men do not set bounds to their terror, they endure as much or even more intense anxiety than the man whose views on these matters are quite vague. Most of the parameters for this template are preset: |last=Laërtius |first=Diogenes |translator-first=Robert Drew |translator-last=Hicks |year=1925 — this is the default but it can be modified and set to an alternative e.g. De mortuis nil nisi bonum. This remark is not misplaced. 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