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The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

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Epictetus was born into slavery about A.D.55 in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Sold as a child and crippled from the beatings of his master, Epictetus was eventually freed, rising from his humble roots to establish an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Stressing that human beings cannot control life, only how they respond to it, Epictetus dedicated his life to outlining the simple way to happiness, fulfillment, and tranquility. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to successfully meet the challenges of everyday life and face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

Epictetus's teachings rank among the greatest wisdom texts of human civilization. Sharon Lebell presents this esteemed philosopher's invaluable insights for the first time in a splendidly down-to-earth rendition. The result is the West's first and best primer for living the best possible life — as helpful in the twenty-first century as it was in the first.

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Epictetus (A.D.55–135) taught in Rome until the year 94, when Emperor Domitian banished philosophers from the city. In exile, he established his distinguished school of philosophy.

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mizpah, August 23, 2008 (view all comments by mizpah)
Epictetus, who was crippled as a slave before gaining his freedom went on to write a text that can help the reader understand what is within their control and what is not. With this understanding then the reader can take action where it is called for and not even waste thought in those things beyond one's own control. Ancient but timeless. I did so enjoy it not only have I read it multiple times, I have given more than a dozen copies of this text away as gifts to readers of all ages (teens to seniors). Given the short thought-by-thought format of the text it is very digestible and reader friendly. It can be left to sit on a table or night stand and picked up at random to add a wealth of insight to any day.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062513465
Subtitle:
The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
Author:
Epictetus
Author:
Lebell, Sharon
Publisher:
HarperOne LANGUAGE: eng
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Ethics, ancient
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
9934.
Publication Date:
20040501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.96x4.84x.45 in. .32 lbs.

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