Roman Stoic Philosophy

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Roman Stoic Philosophy
What is Stoic Philosophy? Stoic Philosophy is the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who asserted that men should be free from passion. Roman Stoic Philosophy was a big part of the roman everyday life. Some major parts of Stoic Philosophy are how it started, the ethics, what the stoics viewed philosophy as, the most famous stoics and what stoicism is.

“The philosophy of stoicism was started in Hellenistic Athens, by Zeno of Citum, who had been trained in the philosophy of the cynics, and spread to Rome where it was embraced by many Romans, including the Republican throne in Julius Caesar’s side, Cato the Younger.” (Stoicism-Greek philosophy of the stoics) The Romans adopted the Greeks Gods and their philosophy. The Romans culture had a heavy Greek influence in it. The Romans made stoicism their philosophy.

The stoic’s ethics set them apart from other philosophers; they believed you needed to live in agreement with nature to be a happy person. “The stoics claim that whatever is good must benefit its possessor under all circumstances.” (Stoicism) The Romans used the ethics of the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle, to form their ethics. “Aristotle’s ethics provides the form for the adumbration of the ethical teaching of the Hellenistic schools.” (Stoicism) Aristotle was a famous scientific philosopher who learned from another famous stoic Plato, he learned from Socrates who was the first great Greek philosopher.

The stoics believed that philosophy was a way of life; they found themselves superior to the other citizens. “They think of philosophy not as an interesting pastime of even a particular body of knowledge, but as a way of life.” (Stoicism) The stoics took their work extremely seriously; they helped in several other fields such as astronomy and the art of healing. The Romans thought very highly of the stoics.

Some of the most famous stoics are well recognized people to anyone who has a basic understanding of philosophy....
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