The Essential Stoic: The Most Important Writings from the Masters of Stoicism (Paperback)

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The Essential Stoic: The Most Important Writings from the Masters of Stoicism (Paperback)


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The essential writings from the three pillars of Stoicism.

Bringing together the essential writings of the three most influential Stoic philosophers, The Essential Stoic is an accessible and instructive guide to living a better life through the teachings of Stoicism, and includes an insightful introduction from Mark Tuitert, Olympic speed skater and bestselling author of The Stoic Mindset.

Distilling the wisdom of the three Stoic masters, this volume contains the three most widely-read volumes of Stoic philosophy in history. Readers will get a comprehensive, 360-degree view of Stoicism, from Epictetus’ ethics to Marcus Aurelius’ reflections to Seneca’s aphorisms.

Hailed as one of Rome’s “last good emperors,” Marcus Aurelius reflects on living wisely, calmly, and virtuously in a chaotic world. Epictetus describes the need to rationally accept the world around us and live with uncompromising virtue. Seneca provides quick, accessible Stoic wisdom in a series of letters to his friend Lucilius.

The philosophers’ combined wisdom shows readers how to live their best lives, staying calm and rational in the face of hardship, remaining true to their own code of ethics, and accepting the world on its own terms.

Epictetus was born into slavery in ancient Greece in 50 AD. He founded his own school of philosophy and became one of the foundational thinkers of Stoic philosophy. His discourses were transcribed and shared by his student Arrian and his work has influenced countless readers over the centuries, from Marcus Aurelius to Tom Wolfe.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was Roman emperor from 161 to 180. He was the last emperor during the Pax Romana, an era of stability within Rome. Marcus wrote Meditations, a series of reflections for his own guidance and growth, between 170-180 while on campaign. His writings reflect the stoic philosophy of the time and have become a classic of Stoic thought.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250325358
ISBN-10: 1250325358
Publisher: St. Martin's Essentials
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English