Art of Living : The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, Paperback Book

Art of Living : The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness Paperback

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Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire.

Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it.

By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780061286056

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An excellent introduction to this Stoic philosopher. While none of the text is anything he said in life, each subject discussed comes from what teachings we have of him and what he would likely have said. It's amazing how timeless these words can become, speaking to some of the eternal aspects of the human condition.Philosophy should not be something highbrow and removed from understanding by the general populace. Epictetus can bring it back down to earth.