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Discourses and Selected Writings

By: Epictetus,Robert Dobbin
Narrated by: Richard Goulding
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Richard Goulding, best known for Me Before You, The Iron Lady and The Windsors.

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.

Public Domain (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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best book and great narration

i always come back to this book especially the freedom, fragments and enchiridion. Epictetus was a master

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Diction was excellent. The sense to be derived from the words was enhanced by the reader's careful use of emphasis. The text was highly accessible, perhaps excessively so, in view of when it was written.

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