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 Stoicism and a pioneer in its remarkable contemporary revival—provides a superb new edition of Epictetus’s celebrated guide to the Stoic philosophy of life (the Encheiridion) along with a selection of related reflections in his Discourses.
Freedom, for Epictetus, is not a human right or a political prerogative but a psychological and ethical achievement, a gift that we alone can bestow on ourselves. We can all be free, but only if we learn to assign paramount value to what we can control (our motivations and reactions), treat what we cannot control with equanimity, and view our circumstances as opportunities to do well and be well, no matter what happens to us through misfortune or the actions of other people.
How to Be Free features splendid new translations and the original Greek on facing pages, a compelling introduction that sets Epictetus in context and describes the importance of Stoic freedom today, and an invaluable glossary of key words and concepts. The result is an unmatched introduction to this powerful method of managing emotions and handling life’s situations, from the most ordinary to the most demanding.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Epictetus’ life and works
* Features the complete extant works of Epictetus, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introduction to the ‘Discourses’
* Provides two translations of the ‘Discourses’ and ‘Encheiridion’: George Long and W. A. Oldfather
* W. A. Oldfather’s translation previously appeared in the Loeb Classical Library edition of Epictetus
* Images of famous paintings that have been inspired by Epictetus’ works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the chapters or works you want to read with individual contents tables
* Includes Epictetus’ rare fragments, first time in digital print
* Provides a special dual English and Greek text of ‘Encheiridion’ (the summary handbook of the ‘Discourses’), allowing readers to compare the sections paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students
* Features a bonus biography – discover Epictetus’ ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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The Greek Texts
LIST OF GREEK TEXTS
The Dual Text
DUAL GREEK AND ENGLISH TEXT
INTRODUCTION TO EPICTETUS by W. A. Oldfather
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