chapter  1
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The Epicureans were notorious in antiquity for denigrating or rejecting most forms of civic participation.1 They also witheld approval for the cultural dis­ ciplines and activities which most other Greeks held in high esteem, both for their formative properties and for their potential to enrich the quality of a persons life. Paideia in its various manifestations-in particular, poetry, rhet­ oric, and music2-was not only an educational process or a means to validat­ ing citizenship through familiarity with accepted frames of historical, cultural and ideological reference, it could even be regarded as something which contributed to a persons right to define himself as Greek.3