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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: TheClassics.us (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1230342745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1230342740
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 1997
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Many of us are prone to think of ourselves as somewhat "pitiful" in comparison to others: we drive a Chevrolet; they drive a BMW: we have 1900 sq. ft. in our home; they have 3200: we make $35,000 a year; they have a yacht on the Caribbean. Suppose you were lame; a freed slave; and subject to arrest by "the leader of the free world" if he didn't like your teaching. Such was Epictetus who, along with other philosophers, was expelled from Rome by the emperor some 19 centuries ago. Epictetus was not the founder of Stoicism, but he was--apparently--its greater teacher because it is his discussions which have survived in the most nearly complete form for us. This volume contains not only the four "books" of discourses, but also the distillation called the "handbook" or "enchiridion", and various fragments preserved in other writings. These teachings were written down by Arrian, a student of Epictetus and author of a biography of Alexander the Great. Here we hear, as it were, the voice of Epictetus teaching: often within the text we have the questions of a student to whom Epictetus is replying; we are able to catch the teacher's irony and wit. It is as if we are sitting in his presence, just a little farther away than we might wish. Epictetus's "program" is simple: to teach us how to live without fear or grief or unsatisfied desire; to teach how to "worry" ourselves only over those things which we can control, which--to put it simply, as Epictetus always does--are our own reactions and responses. I cannot control my wife; I can control how I respond to her. I cannot control the Senators; I can control how I respond to them. I cannot control whether I have cancer or not; I can control how I react to that situation.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2007
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I regard this book as a master piece of very early social psychology, its worth its weight in pure solid platinum and gold as a counselling tool or guide for anyone aiming at the examined life or simply trying to make sense of the trials and set backs of life.

I'm so, so disappointed to see that it is out of print since I searched Amazon a couple of times unsuccessfully trying to find copies for my friends, its much better than the small books laying out the thoughts of roman ceasars or later philosophers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2006
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From an email received 3 March 2006 from the publisher:
>>>Unfortunately, we still have no plans at present to re-print this title. I am afraid that it is unlikely that we will proceed with another print run.<<<
This is a shame, as Robin Hard's translation is probably the best to date. But try the 2-volume Dover edition of Matheson's 1920s translation of the Discourses (alas, without the Handbook). For the Handbook alone, but with extensive commentaries and supporting material (glossary, indexes, and such), try Keith Seddon’s Epictetus’ Handbook and the Tablet of Cebes (Routledge, ISBN 0415324521).
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