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VINE VOICEon March 5, 2009
I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative.

What's important to the average reader though is whether this is the book you should pick up to learn about him. The short answer is yes, the longer one is that it is not enough.

The book has a fairly weak introduction that doesn't provide much context. The author would have been well-served to have included the entirety of Laertius' essay on Epicurus to which he dedicated a large portion to in his biography of great philosophers.

Otherwise, the translation is good and the organization is helpful. The book is structured like a college reader - no frills, thin paper and a drab cover. It has all of Epicurus' fragments, letters and writings. Unfortunately many of the best ones are cut off or lost so we have to make due with what is left.

A first time reader or student looking to introduce themselves to Epicurus could do worse than starting here. I often refer back to my copy.
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on August 17, 2016
The Look Inside contents is of the Kindle edition, not the physical edition. This is what's in the physical edition:

Introduction
Letter to Herodotus
Letter to Pythocles
Letter to Menoeceus
Principle Doctrines
Vatican Sayings
Fragments

Here are the discrepancies:
Letter to Idomeneus is missing.
Last Will is missing.
Ideas for Life is missing.
Fragments is extra.
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on March 2, 2017
Another classic by the modern misnamed Epicurus who did not stand for eating too much or too much sex, but for loving life and preserving that love with the smaller delights to be found daily. Give it try.
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on January 23, 2013
This volume is a very skimpy collection of quotes from Epicurus. A much better idea of his thinking might be found in the long poem by Lucretius, The De Rerum Natura (The Way Things Are) translated by Rolfe Humphries
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on October 12, 2013
Epicurus offered a way of living as we age, which seems attainable if one ages with the right attitude. Very interesting, except some passages were difficult to comprehend. Overall, Epicurus' writing makes one think.
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on April 3, 2016
Good collection with interesting footnotes. This won't read like Sedaris or Lamott, but we should all read it nonetheless. This guy had it going on, and I'm glad someone wrote down what he said.
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on July 21, 2016
I'm more of a Stoic, but this is a good book that offers some truths to readers willing to really read into the ideas and mull them over.
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on February 18, 2016
It's a good read. A different picture of Epicurus. It has a prominent place in my library.
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on April 4, 2015
Very good. Brief, but useful introduction.
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on January 25, 2016
Should have a selection of quotes
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