Thursday, April 05, 2012

Josephus (37AD-100):  Stoics vs Pharisees.

"So when I had accomplished my desires, I returned back to the city, being now nineteen years old, and began to conduct myself according to the rules of the sect of the Pharisees, which is of kin to the sect of the Stoics, as the Greeks call them." - The Life of Josephus

This is what Josephus writes about himself.  My main reason for noting this is that Pharisees are generally viewed as the vilest of the vile, while Stoics are viewed as the most honorable of the classical philosophers.  In fact there is much similarity between the two, in that both are religiously conservative and hold that personal moral and mental discipline are to be pursued vigorously.

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