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ID number:211247
Published: 25.05.2003.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used

"L'indifférence est le grand sommeil de l'âme."*
The term 'Stoicism' derives from the Greek word 'stoa,' meaning portico. A portico, or colonnade according to the Oxford Pocket English Dictionary (Revised Eighth Edition, 1996), is a "roof supported by columns at regular intervals, usu. attached as a porch to a building.". These were usually built outside (or inside) of temples, around gymnasia, dwelling-houses and open areas. In the marketplace of Athens, there existed the 'Stoa Poekile' (painted porch), a portico near the Agora. This was where the first Stoics came to hear their master teach, and hence this was how they obtained their title as 'Stoics'.
Stoicism was arguably the most prominent school of Greek philosophy. Inaugurated by Zenos of Citium (334-262 BC) a little before 330 BC, Stoicism, along with Epicureanism, ushered in the new Hellenistic era in philosophy and was said to be one of the primary and most influential doctrines in Greece until the third century AD, when it was supplanted by Neo-Plantonism. It enjoyed the following of many adherents, in particular, those of the educated class. …

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