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The Discourses of Epictetus: The Handbook, Fragments

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For centuries, Stoicism was virtually the unofficial religion of the Roman world

The stress on endurance, self-restraint, and power of the will to withstand calamity can often seem coldhearted. It is Epictetus, a lame former slave exiled by Emperor Domitian, who offers by far the most precise and humane version of Stoic ideals. The Discourses, assembled by his pupil Arrian, catch him in action, publicly setting out his views on ethical dilemmas.

Committed to communicating with the broadest possible audience, Epictetus uses humor, imagery conversations and homely comparisons to put his message across. The results are perfect universal justice and calm indifference in the face of pain.

The most comprehensive edition available with an introduction, notes, selected criticism, glossary, and chronology of Epictetus' life and times.

Author: Epictetus
Publisher: Everyman Paperbacks
Published: 03/02/1995
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 7.80h x 5.00w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780460873123