Ancient Stoic Activism
- Didn't Musonius Rufus go out to preach at the armies of Vespasian and
a usurper who who going out to war? He was a very much in a peace
supporter, so wouldn't this have made him both an ancient political
activist *and* a liberal?
And didn't he get the gladiatorial games banned from the sacred area
of some Dionysus temple? Since I bleieve both he and Seneca were
against gladiatorial games, wouldn't this also have been Stoic activism?
I have come across the following phrase in a popular presentation:
“Functionally, the seminal reasons or principles [of the Stoics] are identical to Plato's Forms or Ideas”.
My questions are:
(1) Does this sound right?
(2) If so, what would be the most clear and obvious characteristic(s) one could indicate to demonstrate the *difference* between the Stoic and the Platonic concept?
Could one say, e.g., that, unlike the ideas, the logoi are *not pre-existent* in relation to individual things?
Many thanks in advance.