Epictetus, a Greek stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school
in Nicropolis 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.

Epictetus, Robert F. Dobbin—Discourses and Selected Writings

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