In the 47th epigram of his 10th book, first century Roman poet Martial supplies the 17 necessary conditions for a good life, as follow.
- Inherited wealth, as opposed to that produced by an actual job.
- Some reasonably fertile land.
- A working fireplace.
- Total avoidance of lawsuits.
- An avoidance, almost as total, of business attire.
- A calm mind.
- Physical health.
- Gentlemanly powers.
- A sort of artful candor — or perhaps “benign insouciance.”
- Likeminded friends.
- Agreeable dinner parties.
- A simple, functional table.
- Nights without anxiety, but also not totally drunken, either.
- An active, but not entirely indulgent, sexual life.
- Considerable sleep, preferably when it’s dark out.
- The desire to be oneself only and nothing more/else.
- Neither a fear of, nor a wish for, one’s own death.