Zeno of Citium


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Zeno of Citium (c. 336 – 265 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and the founder of the Stoic School of philosophy, born in the Phonecian-Greek city of Citium on Cyprus in the same year that Alexander the Great ascended to the throne of Macedonia. His father was a merchant who travelled often to Athens, and Zeno naturally took up his father’s profession. It is unclear whether Zeno studied philosophy in his youth, but around the age of 22, while stranded in Athens after a shipwreck, he picked up a copy of Xenophon’s Memorabilia and was so impressed by the figure of Socrates that he abandoned his former life and made the study of philosophy his only interest.

Zeno studied under Crates (who was a student of Antisthenes, one of Socrates' students and t
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The Cauldron

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The Fragments of Zeno and C...

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Grab

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The Four Sergeants

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Essential Stoic Philosophy:...

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The Philosophy Book (Big Id...

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“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.”
Zeno of Citium, as quoted by Diogenes Laërtius

“Man conquers the world by conquering himself.”
Zeno of Citium

“The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature.”
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