The philosophy of Epicurus is the theme of Lion of Epicurus, Lucian and his Epicurean Passages. These selections from the Second Century AD illuminate the ideas and attitudes of the early Epicureans and are delightful reading for anyone interested basic philosophical and religious issues as they apply to everyday life.
Lucian of Samosata lived from about 125 AD to 180 AD, and during that time he traveled throughout the Greek and Roman world, producing a body of commentary of such wit and insight that his fame has lasted for almost two thousand years. Although Lucian’s reputation is well known today, he is generally considered a “skeptic” whose trademark was wholly satire and other negative commentary. Such a view holds that Lucian offered little if anything that was positive in the place of the hypocrisy he criticized. <...