'I must die. But must I die bawling?'
Epictetus, a Greek Stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicopolis in the early second century AD. His animated discussions were celebrated for their rhetorical wizardry and were written down by Arrian, his most famous pupil. The Discourses argue that happiness lies in learning to perceive exactly what is in our power to change and what is not, and in embracing our fate to live in harmony with god and nature. In this personal, practical guide to the ethics of Stoicism and moral self-improvement, Epictetus tackles questions of freedom and imprisonment, illness and fear, family, friendship and love.
Translated and Edited with an Introduction by Robert Dobbin
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I had read all about the Stoics and read the most important works: Seneca’s epistolary, Marcus Aurelius’s “Ad Se Ipsum”, and the Enchiridion. However, the versions of The Discourses by Epictetus available in the public domain, did not satisfy me, and gave up reading them. This version is exactly what I was looking for. It is written by scholars, and it has a strong and insightful introduction, and plenty of excellent footnotes that explain things in a historical context. Look no further! My next Penguin book will be the one about Aurelius, and Aesop’s Fables, and others! The Penguin Classics series are high quality books at a very good price! Don’t just go for free if you can get much higher quality for a little money. And such is the case here.