The garden of the ancient philosopher Epicurus was located a little below the Acropolis in Athens. Up to 100 people lived there together. We no longer know what the garden looked like. However, the rules and ideas according to which the small community organised its coexistence are known and have had great success - often without people knowing where they came from. The garden stands for peaceful togetherness, for withdrawal from the busy world, for the search for a fulfilled life and the renunciation of ambition, career, great fortune and craving for recognition. In the garden, a happy life should become possible.
The lecture presents the central role of this place for Epicurean philosophy and traces its worldwide impact.