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The Epicureans are the followers of the Hellenistic philosopher Epicurus (341 BCE-270 BCE). According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Epicurus developed an unsparingly materialistic metaphysics, empiricist epistemology, and hedonistic ethics. Epicurus taught that the basic constituents of the world are atoms, uncuttable bits of matter, flying through empty space, and he tried to explain all natural phenomena in atomic terms. Epicurus rejected the existence of Platonic forms and an immaterial soul, and he said that the gods have no influence on our lives." Many Romans later adopted the philosopical ideas of Epicurus, most notably the poets Lucretius and Horace.This guide will provide the researcher with access to many types of information sources on Epicurus and his disciples.

 

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