Epictetus’s Discourses are unique in the history of philosophy because they were composed by a slave. This new translation presents the full works of a significant figure in the history of philosophy, who has been passed over until now by English translations. These writings have influenced philosophers, including Marcus Aurelius and Thomas Jefferson, and demonstrate his outstanding ability as a teacher.
Among the most influential philosophers ever to live, Epictetus earned his reputation as a Stoic moral philosopher thanks to his ability to distill the essence of this ancient Greek philosophy without eschewing its beauty and poetry. His lectures were recorded by students who carried on his teachings after his death. This volume presents these works in a modernized translation with brief commentary.
Despite being born into servitude, Stoic philosopher Epictetus became one of the most influential thinkers of his time. Discourses is a transcribed collection of informal lectures given by the philosopher around AD 108, and Selected Writings includes more complete teachings from all periods of his career.
Many people have left behind a shining legacy of spiritual truths and wisdom. This book is a transcription of popular lectures given by Epictetus around the turn of the first century AD; from the original Greek text, it has been translated into modern English and includes valuable introductions to each discourse.
About Discourses and Selected Writings Book
A new translation of the influential teachings of the great Stoic philosopher
DESPITE BEING BORN into slavery, Greco-Roman philosopher Epictetus became one of the most influential thinkers of his time. Discourses and Selected Writings is a transcribed collection of the philosopher’s informal lectures around AD 108. A gateway into the life and mind of a great intellectual, it is also an essential example of the usage of Koine or? Common? Greek, an ancestor to Standard Modern Greek.
Filled with powerful advice, this work is an instant classic. Ancient wisdom and modern anecdotes combine to bring this inspiring book to life in a new context. From “how to live,” to “how not to be a slave,” Epictetus teaches us the secrets of achieving freedom.