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

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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. ...
  • Todd N
    Nov 13, 2019
    Although the cover and title is a bit cheesy, this book is essentially a Loeb Classical Library edition dressed up to look like pop philosophy. This is a complete and new translation of The Encheiridion and some selections from Discourses. The original Greek is on the left, the corresp...
  • 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...
  • Lauren
    Dec 30, 2019
    Probably my favorite so far in the Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series. I need to reread this one at some point, because for all the translation is exceptional and makes for a readable book, there?s a lot to unpack in these few pages. The idea that freedom is something over whic...
  • 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...
  • Rachel
    Oct 16, 2019
    The reason I didn't give this five stars was this: I find Epictetus compelling. I find A.A. Long less so. Half the book is A. A. Long's introduction, which starts thus: "How to be free?!" Seriously? A question mark-exclamation mark combo in the first line? Additionally, it's Long's dis...
  • 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. ...
  • Kevin
    Oct 14, 2019
    Good book if you want to learn about stoicism. ...
  • 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...
  • Babe of Darkness
    Jan 04, 2020
    Stoic to the core I am but my oh my I could not finish this audiobook. Verbiage overkill. ...
  • Willian Molinari
    Nov 16, 2019
    A good book. It seems like a summary of the whole enchiridion. After reading Seneca, I decided to try Epictetus. These books are usually very dense and require some time to think about, so I decided to not go with the long form of the enchiridion. I do not regret it; it was a good read...
  • Zidane
    Dec 16, 2019
    A short foray into the main idea of Epictetus' work; Freedom and how we can attain it by focusing only on those things which we have control/influence over while bearing those which we have no control/influence. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Artjoms Haleckis
    Nov 14, 2019
    I love how ideas of a man from more than 2000 years ago are still alive and make so much sense in the modern world ! Especially in the modern one, with growing consumerism and generations of people so dependable on their possessions. Such a good food for thought! Book itself is really ...
  • 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...
  • Georgi Karov
    Dec 27, 2019
    Really nice introduction into stoicism and some timeless wisdom from Epictetus. Also contains lots of thought provoking topics like what true freedom is, what we should aim for in life and why it makes or does not, sense to do so. ...
  • 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) ...