***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 9/20/2014***

**This is the seventy-third in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicurean Philosophy. Our home base for discussion is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts, and links to active Epicurean websites, are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.
**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 546. Last week this time we were 524. We continue to grow steadily, and we welcome all participants and lurkers! We are here to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, have fun, and in the words of Lucian, “strike a blow for Epicurus – that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him!”
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This will be a short update due to some personal circumstances beyond my control. The week was about as active as normal, but much of the conversation took place on threads from prior weeks. Here are the highlights from threads that were new this week:

**Hiram posted a long review of “A Few Days In Athens” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/719856344729995/ I continue to think this book is one of the best introductions to Epicurean views that you can find. Be forewarned that it was written in the early 1800’s, and as with much literature of that age the language can be “flowery” at times. Don’t let that stop you. Just be aware that women in the early 1800’s were very concerned with and liked to comment on clothing and appearance, and they preferred to use words like “Mercy!” as an expression rather than talking like a sailor as we often do today. The parts of the book that fit that description are actually rather few, but as each new character is introduced you may find the attention to appearance annoying. If you keep my warning in mind you will glide right over that without a concern. Almost every scene and every exchange in the book is loaded with philosophical insight, so if you have not yet read it (or listened to it) you can find it here: http://www.AfewDaysInAthens.com

**Also new this week was the fact that we had (today) the Twentieth occur. Steve Ko. is always very good with a reminder, and I posted myself a 20th message here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/721907767858186/ An event from my own life caused me to reflect back on Frances Wright’s fictional sermon from Epicurus on how to deal with the death of a loved one, and if you haven’t read the full book this excerpt is a taste of what you can expect throughout the entire work.

**Alexander posted a thread asking about Epicurus’ diet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/721141501268146/

**Bryan posted an excellent sample of his readings from Lucretius: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=328392707340544

**The Epicurus page posted a link to a blog which compared Epicureanism vs. Stoicism https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/720358158013147/

**Tom posted a link to an article asking if we all should take lithium? https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/720176644697965/

**Haris D. posted an article about “Decision Making” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/720013928047570/

**If you’d like additional reading material feel free to refer to the “Epicurean Poem” thread started by Tom, which ranged far and wide and is still going strong even after two weeks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/716876355027994/

**OK that’s it for this week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread. I apologize if I missed anyone or anything. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please add a comment or participate in the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ or hop around the internet word of Epicurean Philosophy by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com
PEACE AND SAFETY!
Cassius Amicus

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