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Zeno of Citium (334–262 BC)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A122-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Zeno of Citium, a Greek philosopher from Cyprus, founded the Stoic school in Athens c.300 bc. His background and training lay in various branches of the Socratic tradition, including the Platonic Academy, but especially Cynicism. His controversial Republic was a utopian treatise, founded on the abolition of most civic norms and institutions. He laid the main foundations of Stoic doctrine in all areas except perhaps logic.

Citing this article:
Sedley, David. Zeno of Citium (334–262 BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A122-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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