The Essential Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments (Great Books in Philosophy)
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.7 ounces
- Paperback : 100 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780879758103
- ISBN-13 : 978-0879758103
- Dimensions : 5.41 x 0.29 x 8.39 inches
- Publisher : Prometheus (May 1, 1993)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0879758104
- Best Sellers Rank: #301,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Letter to Herodotus
Letter to Pythocles
Letter to Menoeceus
Here are the discrepancies:
Letter to Idomeneus is missing.
Last Will is missing.
Ideas for Life is missing.
Fragments is extra.
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.