epictetus

Epictetus

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Who the hell was Epictetus? Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. Born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), he lived in Rome until his banishment. His teachings have been written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion. Epictetus writes that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. […]

marcus aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Who the hell is Marcus Aurelius? Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a stoic and his journal commonly known as Meditations, is a great source of information on stoicism. I […]

Seneca

Seneca

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Who the hell is Seneca? Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC-AD65) was born in Cordoba, Spain. He was brought up studying the traditional virtues of republican Roman life. Eventually he became a teacher of rhetoric but attracted attention for his incisive style of writing. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was forced to […]