Together with the letter to menoeceus, also found in diogenes’ works, it constitutes our only firsthand source for the ethical teachings of epicurus the most important supplementary source is lucretius’s poem, de rerum natura (c 60 bce.
Epicurus maintains that the ultimate good of life is pleasure (and the avoidance of pain), and that all other goods spring from this chief good with this hedonistic picture providing context, epicurus recommends a somewhat peculiar view concerning the nature and value of life, particularly in regard to death. A summary of the philosophy of epicurus promoting the study of the philosophy of epicurus letter to menoeceus, “contentment is a great good” dl – the wise man, (this section is devoted to general precepts of wise living) drn 5, “but were a man to order his life by the rules of true reason”.
The letter to menoeceus is devoted to the question of how men should live it presumes a knowledge of the material contained in epicurus’ letters to herodotus and to pythocles those first two letters, which teach the student about the tools of knowledge, and about the nature of the universe as revealed by those tools, are the necessary foundation on which this letter is based.
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Epicurus in his letter to menoeceus backers the necessity of freedom from prejudice, superstition and extremes of emotions in the pursuit of happiness and a tranquil life the apparent simplicity of this formula allowed detractors to misinterpret epicurus, depicting him as depraved, hedonistic, anarchistic and atheistic.
Introduction epicurus in his letter to menoeceus backers the necessity of freedom from prejudice, analysis of “the purloined letter” using structuralist criticism the purloined letter is a detective story which has so many complex language that has more than one interpretion in some sentences.