How to Be Free
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How to Be Free

An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

Epictetus, Anthony Long

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How to Be Free

An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

Epictetus, Anthony Long

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A superb new edition of Epictetus's famed handbook on Stoicism—translated by one of the world's leading authorities on Stoic philosophy Born a slave, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55–135 AD) taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. In How to Be Free, A. A. Long—one of the world's leading authorities on Stoicism and a pioneer in its remarkable contemporary revival—provides a superb new edition of Epictetus's celebrated guide to the Stoic philosophy of life (the Encheiridion ) along with a selection of related reflections in his Discourses.Freedom, for Epictetus, is not a human right or a political prerogative but a psychological and ethical achievement, a gift that we alone can bestow on ourselves. We can all be free, but only if we learn to assign paramount value to what we can control (our motivations and reactions), treat what we cannot control with equanimity, and view our circumstances as opportunities to do well and be well, no matter what happens to us through misfortune or the actions of other people. How to Be Free features splendid new translations and the original Greek on facing pages, a compelling introduction that sets Epictetus in context and describes the importance of Stoic freedom today, and an invaluable glossary of key words and concepts. The result is an unmatched introduction to this powerful method of managing emotions and handling life's situations, from the most ordinary to the most demanding.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Series Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication Page
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. About the Encheiridion
  9. The Encheiridion
  10. From the Discourses
  11. Acknowledgments
  12. Glossary
  13. Further Reading
  14. Index