How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

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 Stoici A superb new edition of Epictetus's famed handbook on Stoicism--translated by one of the world's leading authorities ...

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Title:How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life
Author:Epictetus
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:0691177716
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:232 pages pages

How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life Reviews

  • Zach
    Aug 29, 2019
    If you can't control it, don't worry about it. Times inf. ...
  • Jed Reisner
    Sep 06, 2019
    Really great rules for living in a way that doesn't make you a slave. ...
  • Lani M
    Apr 20, 2019
    "Don't ask for things to happen as you would like them to, but wish them to happen as they actually do, and you will be all right." "In all circumstances keep in mind to turn in to yourself and ask what resources you have for dealing with these things: if pain afflicts you, you wil...
  • C. Çevik
    Feb 26, 2019
    Son ?kan Epiktetos evirilerinden biri. ?inde Enkheiridion'un tamam? ve Diatribai'dan semeler bulunuyor, Yunancalar? da. Long Helenistik dnem felsefesi konusunda otorite say?labilecek filologlardan biri, olduka iyi ve doyurucu al??malar? var, bu eviri de yle. ?...
  • Mike Cheng
    Feb 16, 2019
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  • Jerel Wilmore
    Sep 15, 2019
    A very short and sweet introduction to Epictetus' "Encheiridion," or "Handbook," and some of his "Discourses." This book is a quick easy read, as half of it is in Ancient Greek, and I'm pretty confident most of us will only read the English translation. A good read once you've read som...
  • Vincent Li
    May 17, 2019
    I first read about Epictetus from the book "The Practicing Stoic". Of course, Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher. Epictetus started out his life as a slave, only becoming free later, so his thoughts on freedom have a certain authenticity and weight to them. His basic advice is that free...
  • Daniel
    Mar 25, 2019
    I try to read most translations of Epictetus as I come across them, just in case a difference in word choice exposes meaning I hadn't gleaned before or resonates in a new way. ...
  • Lidija
    Mar 06, 2019
    For any "original" thought you may have had in your life, you need to realize that some Greek guy had already had the same one, spent years contemplating it, made a conclusion, developed a whole theory around it and then wrote it down, sending it downstream all the way to the 21st cent...
  • Bart
    Dec 23, 2018
    A great introduction into the philosophy of Epictetus and the Stoics. Although a bit hard to follow in audiobook format, it's was enough of a teaser to dive in the topic further. ...
  • Daniël Gonçalves
    Mar 29, 2019
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  • Matthew
    Oct 27, 2018
    An excellent translation of Epictetus' Encheiridion and selected discourses. ...
  • Marie
    Jun 14, 2019
    I know I am not related to Epictetus, but throughout this lovely little book I kept hearing the words of my parents, who probably wouldn't know Epictetus from Heraclitus. However, the wisdom and wise thinking they instilled in me is straight outta Epictetus. A very thorough introductio...
  • Mark O'mara
    Mar 08, 2019
    Simple, short and enlightening for fellow Stoic travellers! ...
  • Piotr Karaś
    Sep 10, 2019
    Epictetus is one of the philosophers whose thoughts inspire me the most and help me strengthen my character, especially by accepting the world as it is, focusing on what's in my control, seeking the good in myself and in others. The classic Stoicism. ...
  • Rene Fernandez
    Dec 27, 2018
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  • Steve O'neill
    Aug 21, 2019
    This is a great little book. ...
  • Niels Philbert
    May 14, 2019
    This is a good example of a book, that has the right subject and good intentions, but lands itself between being too broad and/or too short. As a introduction to Stoicism, it might be four stars. I will say "Ego Is The Enemy" or "The Obstacle Is The Way" by Ryan Holiday both are bet...
  • Noemi
    May 18, 2019
    "Our master is anyone who has the power to implement or prevent the things that we want or don't want. Whoever wants to be free, therefore, should wish for nothing or avoid nothing that is up to other people. Failing that, one is bound to be a slave." ? Epictetus (Encheiridion 14) ...
  • Iman Elsayed
    Apr 28, 2019
    Thanks to Anthony Long, the book?s translation was simple and uncomplicated. My review won?t differ from Nietzsche?s aphorism #9 in Beyond Good and Evil when he stated the following: ?Do you want to live "according to nature"? O you noble Stoics, what a verbal swindle! I...
  • Matt Letten
    May 04, 2019
    Will now be reading this twice per year. Essential reminder ...
  • Jeff Dicken
    Aug 24, 2019
    The era in which Epictetus lived was one of slavery and servitude, so some of the situational examples given are done so within the social framework of the culture of the times. Of course, civil and human rights have thankfully been nearly resolved since that epoch. That?s really the...
  • Olga Shatokha
    Mar 20, 2019
    Such a compact book of great thoughts, simple, yet not simplistic. The ideas on freedom of a man who was born as a slave, make so much sense even after 2000 years - it gives me goosebumps to think about it. Epictetus vision on how to be cool are never out of fashion :) P.S. The in...
  • Kalle Nordenstorm
    Apr 15, 2019
    Epiktetos nedtecknades frst p Koine precis som evangelierna! Likheterna mellan stoikerna och nya testamentet innefattar ven sdana charmiga men irrelevanta smsaker, och i bokens korta men informativa frord fr man en hoper sdana anekdoter. Sjlva versttningen r ...
  • Kieran Banister
    Oct 15, 2018
    To be alive in modern times is to exist - so abstracted and distant from the self - that it would be easy to go your whole life without even considering that your thoughts and actions are not your own. The ancient wisdoms in this handbook serve as a reminder that everything is immateri...
  • Joel Gray
    Jan 20, 2019
    YOU CAN BE EXTERNALLY FREE AND INTERNALLY A SLAVE, CONTROLLED BY PYSCHOLOGICAL MASTERS IN THE FORM OF DISABLING DESIRES AND PASSIONS AND CRAVINGS. CONVERSELY YOU COULD BE OUTWARDLY OBSTRUCTED BYT INTERENALLY FREE FROM FRUSTRATION AND DISHARMONY, SO FREE IN FACT THAT YOU FOUND YOURSELF ...
  • Craig Dickson
    Feb 24, 2019
    This was great - I was introduced to Epictetus by a quotation in the excellent children's book "Oh no, George!" and decided to learn more about him. This short book contains Epictetus' Enchiridion, or handbook, which is a concise but challenging statement of Stoic philosophy. The ba...
  • Shane Orr
    Apr 05, 2019
    This is the first in a series of books called Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers. Each covers a different topic from the viewpoint of some philosopher. This covered the topic of freedom with teachings from the great stoic, Epictetus. I?m a big fan of stoic philosophy. Summed up, you a...
  • Agatoni
    Apr 29, 2019
    + stoicism is a good philosophy for thwarted plans, but not the best for making plans in the first place. it stands too closely to apathy. + stoicism is faith-based (?this is as it was meant to be?) whereas an agnostic approach seems more... solid/humble/rational (?who's to s...
  • Janet
    Jul 15, 2019
    Our master is anyone who has the power to implement or prevent the things that we want or don't want. Whoever wants to be free, therefore, should wish for nothing or avoid nothing that is up to other people. Failing that, one is bound to be a slave." ? Epictetus (Encheiridion 14) ...