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This introductory chapter of the book titled Live unnoticed overviews on two words, which were offensive, scandalous, outrageous, and provocative. It focuses on the advice of ‘living unnoticed’ itself and examines whether there can be found antecedents of it in the literary, historical, or philosophical traditions before Epicurus. Most Presocratics were aristocrats who entered the public domain in their own way and one may add that those thinkers who rejected the traditional striving for political power and fame did not do so in order to ‘live unnoticed’ but rather in order to acquire another, more brilliant fame. The greatest certainty possible concerning Democritus’ own involvement in political affairs is that of a non liquet. The Epicurean version of Democritus’ advice is to be found in Diogenes of Oenoanda (fr. 113).

Keywords: Democritus; Epicurus; philosophical traditions; political power



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