Philosophy and Roman Religion Research Paper by Metro

A look at the impact of philosophy on Roman religion.
# 151947 | 6,666 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2012 | NZ

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This paper discusses the changes in Roman religion once the population was exposed to outside ideas, particularly philosophy. First, the paper presents an overview of the diverse population of the Roman Empire and describes the influences of previous cultures on their religion. Then, the paper explores Roman philosophy which introduced ideas about how reason and argument was needed in seeking the truth and knowledge of reality. The two major schools of Roman philosophy, Epicureanism and Stoicism are examined in detail, then compared and contrasted at length. Finally, the paper considers how Roman philosophy was looked upon by the population and how its ideals were incorporated into everyday life. The paper concludes by stating that Roman philosophy was very important to the Roman citizens because it taught them moral conduct, which previous religion did not.


What was Roman Philosophy?
Who was the founder of Epicureanism?
Who was the founder of Stoicism?
The Main Differences between Epicureanism and Stoicism
How was Roman Philosophy viewed by the Public?

From the Paper:

"Epicurus was born around 342BC on the Greek island of Samos, where he lived until he was 18 with his Athenian parents Neocles and Chaerestrate. As a boy he studied philosophy for four years under his Platonist teacher Pamphilus, who taught him many of the basic principles of philosophy which he would later base his own work upon. When Epicurus turned 18 he left for Athens for his mandatory two-years military service. Upon completion he moved to Colophon to continue his studies of philosophy under a new teacher, Nauiphanes, who followed the work of Democritus. When he was 30 he began to teach philosophy for himself in Mytilene, however he caused strife within the school over his teachings and was forced to leave. From here Epicurus decided to found his own school in Lampsacus, but decided to return to Athens when he was 35 to found a new school known as The Garden.
"It was here, in the actual garden of his house, situated on the outskirts of Athens, where Epicurus taught his own teachings without the restrictions of other teachers above him. Even though the material he taught was heavily influenced by the work of Democritus..."

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  • http://www.historyforkids.ord/learn/greeks/phillosophy/index.html

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