Interestingly, Epicurean communities have existed continually from his time but they did change with the times.

Interestingly, Epicurean communities have existed continually from his time but they did change with the times.

When the politics of the region shifted to Christiandom, Epicurean friendship communities fell under the banner of what we refer to now as the Byzantine empire, adopting its ways to the new culture they were now a part of, but remaining otherwise little changed in attitude and socialization.

That’s where the monasteries all came from in the early part of the Eastern Church and how they became such a strong part of the ethos of that part of Christianity.

It was modified after the Schism in the West; the influence of Scholasticism and other further splinterings from the Epicurean manners continued throughout the centuries.

Yet the core of friendship communities remained even in the most far removed culturally from its origins.

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