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Epicurus
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Philosopher
    (341 BC-271 BC)
    Wrote forty-two books, none of which have survived
    There are many false rumors about him that were perpetuated by the Stoics as part of an effort to discredit his teachings.
    He had to flee his teaching post at the gymnasium (Interesting side note: Did you know that the word 'gymnasium' originally meant 'The place of nakedness?' It's true!) in Lesbos. The Aristotelians and Platonists there ganged up on him and drove him off.
    Many misread his works a saying 'Do what you want, when you want.'
    He died of a urinary blockage.
    Unlike most ancient philosophers, he was born into absolute poverty, and his family was persecuted for being foreigners who moved to Athens.
    He briefly served in the Athenian army.
    His school was actually a large garden.
    There was no hierarchy for those who lived at The Garden, and they were probably some of the freest people on Earth at that time.
    Women and slaves were welcome to live and learn at the Garden.
    An inscription on the gate of The Garden read, 'Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure. The caretaker of that abode, a kindly host, will be ready for you; he will welcome you with bread, and serve you water also in abundance, with these words: 'Have you not been well entertained? This garden does not whet your appetite; but quenches it.''
    Karl Marx listed him as the greatest espouser of materialism.
    He believed that true happiness could only be achieved once the fear of the gods and the fear of death were eradicated.
    Although he believed that one should pursue happiness, he argued that we should always live ethically and never overdue pleasure.
    According to his writings, we should never depend on possessions, and should value intellectual pleasures over physical ones.
    He believed that death was 'nothing to us,' saying 'when we are, death is not; and when death is, we are not.'
    He was in extreme pain for a long while before he died, but maintained that he had never been happier at any time in his life.
    His philosophy seems to say, 'Life is too short to live in fear, so we might as well be happy while we are here.'

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