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That One Should Disdain Hardships: The Teachings of a Roman Stoic

That One Should Disdain Hardships: The Teachings of a Roman Stoic

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Perennial wisdom from one of history's most important but lesser-known Stoic teachers

"He knew that all a philosopher could do was respond well--bravely, boldly, patiently--to what life threw at us. That's what we should be doing now."--Ryan Holiday, Reading List email

The Stoic philosopher Musonius Rufus was one of the most influential teachers of his era, imperial Rome, and his message still resonates with startling clarity today. Alongside Stoics like Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, he emphasized ethics in action, displayed in all aspects of life. Merely learning philosophical doctrine and listening to lectures, they believed, will not do one any good unless one manages to interiorize the teachings and apply them to daily life.

In Musonius Rufus's words, "Philosophy is nothing else than to search out by reason what is right and proper and by deeds to put it into practice." At a time of renewed interest in Stoicism, this collection of Musonius Rufus's lectures and sayings, beautifully translated by Cora E. Lutz with an introduction by Gretchen Reydams-Schils, offers readers access to the thought of one of history's most influential and remarkable Stoic thinkers.

Author: Musonius Rufus
Publisher: Yale University Press
Published: 10/26/2021
Pages: 160
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 6.93h x 4.65w x 0.55d
ISBN: 9780300261547

About the Author
Musonius Rufus was a Roman Stoic philosopher from the first century C.E. Cora E. Lutz was a translator whose 1947 translations of Musonius are considered by many to be the best versions available in English. Gretchen Reydams-Schils is professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and holds concurrent appointments in Classics, Philosophy, and Theology.

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