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Discourses, Fragments, Handbook (Oxford World's Classics)

Discourses, Fragments, Handbook (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Epictetus , Robin Hard , Christopher Gill

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lively translation ... [Epictetus] remains relevant for anyone who refuses to go with the flow. (Chris Hirst, Independent)

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About things that are within our power and those that are not.'

Epictetus's Discourses have been the most widely read and influential of all writings of Stoic philosophy, from antiquity onwards. They set out the core ethical principles of Stoicism in a form designed to help people put them into practice and to use them as a basis for leading a good human life. Epictetus was a teacher, and a freed slave, whose discourses have a vivid informality, animated by anecdotes and dialogue. Forceful, direct, and challenging, their central message is that the
basis of happiness is up to us, and that we all have the capacity, through sustained reflection and hard work, of achieving this goal. They still speak eloquently to modern readers seeking meaning in their own lives.

This is the only complete modern translation of the Discourses, together with the Handbook or manual of key themes, and surviving fragments. Robin Hard's accurate and accessible translation is accompanied by Christopher Gill's full introduction and comprehensive notes.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1008 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199595186
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 Jan 2014)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to All other Translations Except the Loeb 19 Mar 2014
By kampo - Published on
I have never written a review for amazon but this book is exactly what I have wanted for many years.

There are so many good points that I will will just list them by number.
1. compact other translations are too large the size of the book is perfect to put in a bag or carry along easily when you go on the bus.
2. translation does not have typos - if you have read the English only translation based off of George Long's older one there are so many typos that it is annoying. But this book is proofread and very well done. Also because the other one is public domain you can get some really weird formatted books, but this book is well laid out and easy to read.
3. the translation it self is really good, but I like Oldfather's a little bit more, but that said since I can not read Greek it is nice just having an only English format like in this book.
4. great notes on each Discourse following AA Long nice book where he put many nice ideas about Epictetus's thinking in the translation of just the 1st book, this one follows the lead and there are many great additional notes nicely put at the end of the book instead of on the bottom.

So if you love Epictetus then you will probably love this book. I know I will recommend it highly to all of my friends.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice 26 Aug 2014
By BW - Published on
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Excellent new translations, and good introductory editorial material. It's great to have all of this in the same volume, at a reasonable price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it's a great rundown of Stoicism 7 Nov 2014
By Jack - Published on
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I read Oxford Press books whenever possible. I think, overall, they have the most accurate yet modern translations.

I suggest reading the "Handbook" portion of the book first, (it's located at the end). I think it's a great rundown of Stoicism. It gives mental exercises, and a kind of brief genealogical of stoic thought. The Discourse portion provides a deeper explanation in essay format.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big improvement over previous translation 4 Aug 2014
By Ingalls - Published on
A BIG improvement over the previous translation. This is THE book of Western wisdom that everyone should read, study, and put into practice. Forget Buddhism. The West has had a far better philosophy for 2,000 years and it is time that you learned all about it. No incense, saffron robes, weird sitting positions, or pilgrimages to an ashram are needed. Learn the philosophy that has comforted, enlightened, and given peace to those in the know since the ancient Greeks. And the philosophy still makes sense and gives peace of mind and freedom from worry. You don't have to read this book in order from front to back: at first, just skip around and read the chapters that interest you. Read the manual in the back. Once you begin to understand this wonderful philosophy, you'll want to read this through again and again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great translation, good formatting 7 Nov 2014
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Robin Hard gives a good translation. While paperback Everyman edition is ever so slightly better, this one is still great to have on your Kindle and is easier to read than George Long's version, which is still great, just a little harder to read. Also, there were no problems with the Kindle formatting.
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