Diogenes of Oinoanda

Diogenes of Oenoanda

Diogenes of Oenoanda (or Oinoanda) was an Epicurean Greek from the 2nd century AD who carved a summary of the philosophy of Epicurus onto a portico wall in the ancient city of Oenoanda in Lycia (modern day southwest Turkey). The surviving fragments of the wall, which originally extended about 80 meters, form an important source of Epicurean philosophy.

The inscription sets out Epicurus' teachings on physics, epistemology, and ethics. It was originally about 25 000 words along and filled 260 square meters of wall space. Less than a third of it has been recovered.


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