Letter from his last days

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The Letter from his last days refers to a letter of Epicurus written near the end of his life, preserved by Philodemus (PHerc Ref?):

As I write this, it is the seventh day that I have been unable to urinate and have had pains of the kind which lead to death. So, if anything should happen, take care of Metrodorus’ children for four or five years, spending no more on them than you now spend on me in a year.

The letter is similar in content to the Letter to Hermarchus preserved by Cicero, but was probably addressed to Idomeneus, who was the chief financer of the Epicurean school.

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