In this personal and practical guide to moral self-improvement and
living a good life, the second-century philosopher Epictetus tackles
questions of freedom and imprisonment, stubbornness and fear, family,
friendship and love, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in
the classical world.
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About The Author
Epictetus (c. 55-135 AD) was a teacher and Greco-Roman philosopher.
Originally a slave from Hierapolis in Anatolia (modern Turkey), he was
owned for a time by a prominent freedman at the court of the emperor
Nero. After gaining his freedom he moved to Nicopolis on the Adriatic
coast of Greece and opened a school of philosophy there. His informal
lectures (the Discourses) were transcribed and published by his student
Arrian, who also composed a digest of Epictetus' teaching known as the
Manual (or Enchiridion).