ZENO of Citium
c.333 - 265 BC
Greek Philosopher

Zeno was born in Citium, Cyprus. He went to Athens around 315 BC, where he attended Plato's Academy and other philosophical schools, then opened his own school.

Zeno was the founder of Stoicism,
a philosophy that asserted that virtue consisted in a will which is in agreement with nature.

Zeno was teaching his students in Athens on a painted porch or 'stoa', from which the name 'stoic' came. He taught that happiness came in freedom from desire, and in freedom from fear of evil.

The Stoic philosophy spread to Rome and flourished for several centuries.

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