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    Lives of the Stoics by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman: Book Review, Key Lessons, Best Quotes, and More

    On this page, you will find: Book Review: Lives Of The Stoics Meet The Authors: Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman 5 Takeaway Lessons From Lives of the Stoics All We Control Is How We Respond Don’t Do It Alone Be The Red Thread Keep Your Head Value The Four Cardinal...
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    Who Is Helvidius Priscus? An Introduction To The Outspoken Senator

    Introduction Helvidius Priscus was a 1st-century Stoic philosopher. He was born to a low Plebeian class family but rose to become a powerful figure in the Roman Empire. From an early age, Helvidius seemed to sense how he might transcend his humble origins. A few decades after Helvidius died, the...
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    Who Is Thrasea Paetus? An Introduction To Nero’s Fearless Opponent

    Introduction Thrasea Paetus was born in 14 AD, the same year the first Roman Emperor Augustus died. It was now six decades since Cato The Younger bled out alongside The Roman Republic. In Thrasea’s Rome then, for most, the old Republic ideals—freedom, mainly—were ancient history. They accepted what Rome had...
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    Who Is Lucius Annaeus Cornutus? An Introduction To The Good Tutor And Great Friend

    INTRODUCTION Born around 20 AD in Libya, Lucius Annaeus Cornutus was a Phoenician like the Stoic founder Zeno. He was at some point brought to Rome, most likely by Seneca’s brother Mela. Perhaps it was seeing what an impact Seneca’s childhood tutor—the Stoic Attalus—had on his brother that Mela hired...
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    Who Is Athenodorus Cananites? An Introduction To The Royal Mentor

    INTRODUCTION When Julius Caesar was murdered in 44BC, the Roman Republic bled out with him. What emerged was the Roman Empire, a new political order led by a single man. Given that Stoicism began in a democratic Athens and came of age in Rome’s great Republic, one might have speculated...
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    Memento Mori: COVID-19 Teaches Us That Death Is Closer Than You Think

    If you have ever looked at much ancient or medieval art, you’ll notice something: Death is everywhere. The French painter Philippe de Champaigne’s famous “Still Life with a Skull,” which shows the three essentials of existence—the tulip (life), the skull (death), and the hourglass (time).  The beautiful anonymous German engraving...
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    Who Is Diotimus? An Introduction To The Man Who Made An Extraordinary Mistake

    INTRODUCTION Of the Ancient Stoics, we know the least about Diotimus. He lived sometime around the early-first-century BC, and he might have known the brilliant polymath Posidonius. That’s about it—that’s about all we learn from the sources that are typically rich with details and stories on the lives of the...
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    Who Is Publius Rutilius Rufus? An Introduction To The Man Who Could Not Be Corrupted

    Introduction Publius Rutilius Rufus was one of the preeminent Stoic of the late Republic. He studied philosophy under Panaetius, another great Stoic who once wrote, “The life of men who pass their time in the midst of affairs, and who wish to be helpful to themselves and to others, is...
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    Bestselling Author Bonnie Tsui On Why We Swim, Becoming More Present, And The Practice Of Confronting Mortality

    In his letters, Seneca writes that he started every year by taking a cold swim. He described himself as the “cold-water enthusiast." And "just as naturally as I would set out to do some reading or writing, or to compose a speech," he said he loved to take "a plunge...
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    Tracing The Force Of Habit Through The History Of Philosophy: An Interview With Dr Clare Carlisle Tresch

    It's one of the most haunting passages in Seneca's writings. He says if you were to stop most people as they were going about their day, and "you ask one of them...‘Where are you going? What do you have in mind?’ he will reply, ‘I really don’t know.'" So many...