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Zeno of Citium

Zeno (342-270 BCE), Greek philosopher.

Zeno first came under the influence of the Cynics when he arrived in Athens around 313 BCE. He later founded the philosophical school of Stoics (from stoa, doorway or porch, a point of congregation) around the year 308 BCE. He taught the calm and rational acceptance of all occurences as manifestations of the gods' will. He taught a particularly stringent ethics: one either lives up to the standard of the Stoic sage, and is therefore good, or one entirely lacks virtue.