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Le Gourmet by Pablo Picasso

A 'good eater' or a gourmet, or an επικούρειος (epikoureios) epicurean. Although the 3rd-century BC philosopher Epicurus would not be best pleased that his name has come to mean a hedonist, even his lifetime. In a famous letter he explained:

When we say . . . that pleasure is the end and aim, we do not mean the pleasures of the prodigal or the pleasures of sensuality... By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. It is not by an unbroken succession of drinking bouts and of revelry, not by sexual lust, nor the enjoyment of fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, and banishing those beliefs through which the greatest tumults take possession of the soul.

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Cliff