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The word ἀταραξία/ataraxia means imperturbability, that is, the lack of disturbance (privative α [a] + ταραχή/tarache = disturbance) in the soul. This term has its roots in ancient Greek pagan thought and indicates an utmost good that is utterly crucial for obtaining the kind of happiness to which the continuous exercise of philos…

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Verde, Francesco, “Ataraxia”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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