The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought by Christopher Gill

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51 This evidence indicates how Xenocrates, the second head of Plato’s school in the fourth century, may have interpreted the Timaeus, and how Polemo, his successor, may have transmitted those ideas to 44 Cf. Pl. Ti. 29e–30c, 36e–37a, with LS 54 H–N. 45 Cf. Pl. Ti. 73e–76d, esp. 7); Cic. D. 142–6. 46 Cf. Pl. Ti. 47b–d (on the cosmos as a harmonic or mathematical embodiment of order, 39b–c, taken with 35a–37c), 90a–d, with Cic. D. 37–9, 133, 140, 145, 153–5. 47 Pl. Ti. 86b–89d. 5 below, text to nn.

86 What are the larger implications for understanding the Epicurean worldview and thus for correlating its outlook with Stoicism? The main outcomes for my topic are these. Epicurus adopts a version of atomism that allows him to recognize the reality, intelligibility, and coherence of the macroscopic, supra-atomic world. It also enables him to analyse objects within that world, including human beings and other animals, as relatively complex but coherent wholes, with their own determinate existence and structure.

In the Letter to Herodotus (Ep. ), 68–71, Epicurus deWnes with some care the ontological status of both permanent and transitory (accidental) properties. These exist and are in principle knowable either as the constituents of the nature of real, that is, bodily, objects or as properties which are in accordance with those objects as experienced. 86 What are the larger implications for understanding the Epicurean worldview and thus for correlating its outlook with Stoicism? The main outcomes for my topic are these.

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