Cyrene, approx. 4th - 3rd century B.C.

A Cyrenian philosopher who lived during the end of the 4th century BC. Contrary to Aristippus and Theodore, Annikeris believed that real joy is achieved through friendship, community, family, teamplay, and the state, and that the pleasures of common life and social values do top the pleasures one can feel himself.

These teachings opposed the pessimistic ones of Egesia, who led many Alexandrians to suicide, projecting the joy of life and pursuit of happiness inside the community as the most worthy of causes.