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This conclusory chapter for the book titled Live unnoticed, which implies an avoidance of participation in politics, a career as an orator and more generally of any action that is motivated by ambition and love of honour. A careful calculus of pleasures and pains clearly shows that the choice for an ‘unnoticed life’ is usually the best alternative. Diogenes of Oenoanda provides us with some interesting information about the importance of Epicureanism in one local provincial town and also alludes to his contacts with other communities. The Epicureans simply continued to quietly enjoy the pleasures of their ‘unnoticed life’ and were not interested at all in performing great accomplishments which might attract the attention of doxographers or historians. In spite of the many attacks from all quarters and the deafening noise of the many opponents, Epicurean philosophy on the battlefield of polemics died an unnoticed death.

Keywords: Diogenes of Oenoanda; Epicurean philosophy; live unnoticed



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