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Born at Samos, at 18 visited Athens, and then returned to Asia. Opened a school at Mitylene in 310 BCE and also taught at Lampsacus. Returned to Athens in 305 and established a very successful school of philosophy. According to Diogenes Laertius, he left 300 volumes on Natural Philosophy, Justice, The Chief Good &c. The principal sources of our knowledge of the doctrines of Epicurus are Cicero, Plutarch and Lucretius.

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