Aristotle And Epicurus Discuss The Nature And Value Of Leisure Essay
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In Chapter 1 of this module Lafargue, Aristotle and Epicurus discuss the nature and value of leisure. Conflicts of opinion arose among the philosophers as to ‘how leisure should be spent’ (Price, 2008, p.10). With the influence of Ancient Greece in Roman culture indication will be awarded in this response to these philosophies, as they appear in evidence about Roman villas. This analysis will present a clear understanding of Roman concepts of leisure and how Romans spent their leisure time. However, as Dr Deborah Brunton says in her introduction to this module,
‘… familiar and apparently straightforward concepts can be much more complex when studied in depth’ (Book 4 Place and Leisure Introduction, in Brunton, 2008, p.v).
Dr Jerry Toner of Churchill College, Cambridge introduces Roman Concepts of leisure in his book ‘Leisure and Ancient Rome’ (Toner, 1995). He claims that, ‘leisure was an integral part of society and how one stood within it’. Toner added, ‘that it is within the pursuit and execution of leisure that Roman society’s true voice can be found evident’ (Toner, 1995, p.8).
Roman emperors committed public funds in an effort to unify its citizens through organised leisure. This also afforded the emperor the opportunity of maintaining a hierarchal society with himself at the very summit. As Aristotle claimed,
‘Intellectual reflection is the supreme leisure activity and the crowning achievement of human life’ (Pike et al., 2008, p.28).
Even informal leisure