Discourses and Selected Writings

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Pub. Date: 2008-11-25
Publisher(s): Penguin Classics
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"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. Together with the Enchiridion, a manual of his main ideas, and the fragments collected here, 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, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in the classical world." "In the introduction that accompanies his lively new translation, Robert Dobbin discusses Epictetus' life, his place in the Stoic tradition, his influence on world philosophies and his relevance in the modern day. This edition also includes a bibliography, notes and a glossary of names."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Epictetus (c. AD 55-รป135) was born into slavery in Anatolia (modern Turkey) but gained his freedom and moved to the coast of Greece, where he opened a school of philosophy.

Robert Dobbin is the author of Epictetus Discourses: Book One as well as articles on Virgil, Plato, and Pythagoras.

Table of Contents

The Discoursesp. 1
Fragmentsp. 207
Enchiridionp. 219
Glossary of Namesp. 246
Notesp. 251
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