(The). A philosophic sect generally called Stoics (Greek, stoa, a porch), because Zeno, the founder, gave his lectures in the Athenian picture gallery, called the porch Poecile.
“The successors of Socrates formed societies which lasted several centuries; the Academy, the Porch, the Garden.” —Professor Seeley: Ecce Homo.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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