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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,735 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Epictetus Narrator: Richard Bolles Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Epictetus, one of the greatest of the ancient thinkers, believed that the primary mission of philosophy is to help ordinary people meet the challenges of daily life and deal with losses, disappointments, and grief. His prescription for the good life: master desires, perform one's duties, and learn to think clearly about oneself and the larger community. This recording includes an interview with philosopher Jacob Needleman on the significance of Epictetus' work. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/9/2014

    " Amazing! rings true after hundreds of years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erunion | 2/8/2014

    " Probably the best introduction to Epictetus. It's short, and to the point. What more can you ask? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/4/2014

    " if you need some daily inspiration on how to live a proud and moral life..this is it baby. Amazing interpretation of Epictetus' greek text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 2/2/2014

    " stoic rules to live by. Non-attachment to what is not within our control is the secret to contentment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliane | 1/15/2014

    " Epiktet (Epictetus) is as current and meaningful today as he was 2000 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/4/2014

    " The essence of perennial Stoic wisdom in aphorisms of stunning insight and simplicity. The West's first and best little instruction book offers thoroughly contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JB | 1/2/2014

    " There were two great Stoic philosophers in antiquity. Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. Epictetus was a slave. Marcus Aurelius was an emperor. This is an excellent handbook for hard times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Youngteach | 12/29/2013

    " I read the Nicholas White translation for a weekend seminar on stoic philosophy. Coupled with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (which I had read previously, but skimmed over again for the course), these two works are worthy of your time and discussion. The ancients had it nailed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cameron | 12/7/2013

    " Short selection of teachings from my least favorite Roman Stoic philosopher. I find Epictetus's preoccupation with social conduct irritating and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vincent Russo | 11/25/2013

    " Dated and non-agreeable thoughts for etiquette. Seemed as only one or two lessons were of any value. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/24/2013

    " I may not agree with my favorite stoic writer, but how he handles his "sphere" is admirable, and an interesting way of looking at life-- I can't help but call it to mind when faced with an uncomfortable situation, or a whiny person :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N. Griffin-lloyd | 2/22/2013

    " I stumbled across a copy of this in the local library when I was a young lad, living in the hills of West Virginia. I can honestly say that reading (and then re-reading) this book influenced the path my life has taken in a very real way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frdr | 9/5/2012

    " One of the best self-help manuals out there, written with a sincere focus on empowering and enabling the individual to attain personhood through wholesome self-criticism and truth. A must-read for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Krafft | 5/4/2012

    " I learned from this book that if it were not for their belief in Fate, I would totally be a Stoic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 6/1/2011

    " I love it! so many good reminders and the occasional anacronism like 'do not talk about gladiators.' A Stoic's stoic. Quick clear translation, good for an introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 4/15/2011

    " Good for toilet-reading, in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 12/11/2010

    " The defining piece on Stoicism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaeld | 9/19/2010

    " Highly recommend it for each person.
    If you're someone that is struggling with a lot of things in life, this may help out. It certainly did for me back when I had my troubles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 8/31/2010

    " stoic rules to live by. Non-attachment to what is not within our control is the secret to contentment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikhail | 8/10/2010

    " Interesting ancient Roman take on the "Tao." Could be five stars in a more faithful translation - this edition is an "interpretation" that meddles too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Captain | 4/17/2010

    " Dated and non-agreeable thoughts for etiquette. Seemed as only one or two lessons were of any value. "

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