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The author of the book: Epictetus
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Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: March 9th 2012
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Epictetus was a crippled Greek slave of Phrygia during Nero's reign (54-68) who heard lectures by the Stoic Musonius before he was freed. Expelled with other philosophers by the emperor Domitian in 89 or 92 he settled permanently in Nicopolis in Epirus. There, in a school which he called 'healing place for sick souls', he taught a practical philosophy, details of which were recorded by Arrian, a student of his, & survive in four books of Discourses & a smaller Encheiridion, a handbook which gives briefly the chief doctrines of the Discourses. He apparently lived into the reign of Hadrian (117-138).
Epictetus was a teacher of Stoic ethics, broad & firm in method, sublime in thought. Now humorous, now sad or severe in spirit. How should one live righteously? Our god-given will is our paramount possession, & we must not covet others'. We must not resist fortune. Man is part of a system; humans are reasoning beings in feeble bodies & must conform to god's mind & the will of nature. Epictetus presents us also with a pungent picture of the perfect (Stoic) human.
Loeb Classical Library's edition of Epictetus is in two volumes.
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