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As the story progresses in Sophies World Sophie Amundsen continues on with her philosophy lessons As she gets more and more involved with these lessons she soon starts to really look at things in the world at a different perspective Still strange things are occurring to Sophie like her getting postcards from Hildes father from the UN Battalion in Lebanon Sophie still can not figure out why these postcards are coming to her and not Hilde Sophie starts learning about the Hellenistic Age in pages 121- 139 Hellenism is an interest in a devotion to and imitation of the culture and ideals of ancient Greece especially as developed in Athens n the 5th and 4th centuries BC The term implying an unrestricted pagan love of life is often used in contrast to Hebraism which implies an austerely moralistic less sensuous way of life The two main philosophical schools that Sophie learned about were Stoicism and Epicureanism The Stoics taught that one should live according to nature which is the reason of Logos that permenates all things The sage who follows this advice will achieve apatheia or freedom from suffering The Epicureans held that all things are composed of atoms and the void and that a simple life is preferable to empty wealth and fame Their goal was ataraxia or tranquillity After reading about the Hellenistic Age she started to question the divine I Could she believe that she carried inside herself a soul that was from a spark of fire If that was true then she would be the true divine creature Several days had gone by that she had not heard from her teacher Alberto Knoxs so she decided to go camping with Joanna Both Sophie and Joanna decided to take a look around the Major house the house that Sophie knew was once occupied by her philosophy teacher There she and Joanna found postcards to Hilde and soon
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