Hot and Wild Sufficiency: 
Epicurus, the Mehness of Death, and the Pleasures of Enough

Dale DeBakcsy

A hunk of cheese. A glass of watered-down wine. The company of a good friend. That, according to the most influential philosopher of the Hellenistic Age, is pretty much the summit of human happiness. Epicurus of Samos (341 bce–270 bce) inherited an Athens that had been broken by the Macedonian might of Alexander the Great …

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