-0334 – Zeno (of Citium) – bio

Zeno was born in -334 in Citium (Kition), a city kingdom on the island of Cyprus. Cyprus is a Mediterranean island south of Turkey and West of Syria. Cyprus was under Persian influence, then conquered by the Greeks under Alexander in -333, and after his death became part of Hellenistic Egypt.

Zeno is considered to be the father of stoic philosophy. He studied and taught the principles of logic and ethics and a discipline of physics that explained how the universe works without modern mathematics. He taught that suppressing passions and desires and controlling emotion would enable the development of indifference and wisdom. The goal of the Stoics was ethical actions that are in accordance with Nature.

PRECURSOR:
-0535 – Heraclitus
-0469 – Socrates
-0460 – Hippocrates
-0425 – Plato
-0412 – Diogenes
-0385 – Aristotle

CONCURRENT:
-0365 – Crates
-0330 – Cleanthes

SUBSEQUENT:
-0279 – Chrysippus
-0004 – Seneca
0055 – Epictetus
0121 – Marcus Aurelius

Comments are closed.