Death of Chrysippus

Chrysippus was a Greek philosopher, known as the second founder of Stoicism for his contributions to the school.  His thoughts led to Stoicism becoming one of the most influential philosophies of the ancient world.  Despite his success in Stoicism, though, his death was less than stoic.  According to legend, he witnessed a donkey eating some figs and cried out, “Now give the donkey a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs!”  He then had such a fit of laughter that he died.

Evidently, humor was different back then.

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