Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius

It’s been a long time coming—23 centuries, in fact. Although the Stoics wrote many books and many people have written books about Stoic philosophy, never before have all the Stoics been profiled in one book… until now.

In Lives of the Stoics, bestselling authors Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman present the fascinating lives of the men and women who strove to live by the timeless Stoic virtues of Courage. Justice. Temperance. Wisdom. Organized in digestible, mini-biographies of all the well-known--and not so well-known--Stoics, this book vividly brings home what Stoicism was like for the people who loved it and lived it, dusting off powerful lessons to be learned from their struggles and successes.

Buy a copy before September 29th, get exciting preorder bonuses!

If you order Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius before it's official release date of September 29, 2020, we have a lot of special bonuses below. The book is the follow-up to the runaway bestseller The Daily Stoic, and an essential addition to the Stoic canon. What the Stoics said is one thing, but we can learn as much—if not more—from how they lived. Because that’s what Stoicism is, a philosophy for life. 

The pages of this book start with Zeno, the founder of Stoicism, and end with Marcus Aurelius, the great philosopher king. In between, you’ll learn the stories of Cicero and Seneca, Cleanthes and Chrysippus, Rusticus and Epictetus, Cato and his daughter Porcia.

And because we’d like to encourage you to preorder this book right now, we’ve got some exciting bonuses for you. Learn more below.

"Whether you're a general or a gardener, a stockbroker or a senator, there is much to learn from Ryan Holiday’s excellent Lives of the Stoics."
—Senator Ben Sasse

Get your exclusive bonuses by preordering

If you preorder Lives of The Stoics before September 29th, 2020, you will receive the following exclusive bonuses.

These bonuses are available no matter what retailer you purchase from, but we do have have 3,000 copies signed available at These copies will go fast—as they did for Stillness Is the Key—so order now.


For anyone who orders Lives of The Stoics BEFORE SEPTEMBER 29, 2020, you will get:

  • - An exclusive 90-minute audio discussion from the author Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman about the book
  • - 3 bonus chapters (biographies of Admiral James Stockdale, General James Mattis and an extra chapter on some wonderful female Stoics)


If you order 5 or more copies before September 29th, 2020, you'll also get

  • - 1 Marcus Aurelius "Waste No More Time Arguing What A Good Man Should Be. Be One." print from the Daily Stoic Store. (Shipping not included)

How to get your exclusive bonuses

Preorder Lives of the Stoics at any online retailer or your local brick and mortar bookstore before September 29, 2020. Then send a screenshot or photo of your receipt to We can only provide the bonuses to people who contact this particular email address. Do not email Ryan about the bonuses.

If you've preordered 5 or more copies: 1) In the subject, include the phrase "five order bonus." 2) After verification, we will send you a discount code that you can use to get your free Marcus Aurelius print from our online web store.

Visit one of Ryan's virtual book launch events!

As part of the launch of Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius, Ryan is participating in a number of virtual book launch events. Sign up for one of these now for a chance to "meet" Ryan and discuss the book with its community of fans.

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What others have to say about Lives of the Stoics:

"In story after page-turning story, Lives of the Stoics brings ancient philosophers to life. And that is exactly what they would have wanted, because Stoicism is not a thought experiment but rather a guide for living. Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman show us how the masters succeeded — and sometimes failed — at turning theory into practice."

David EpsteinNew York Times bestselling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World  

"The Stoics were more than just thinkers. They were athletes and generals and emperors and husbands and daughters and parents. This is a wonderful book that shows you the lives behind the philosophers whose words have shaped the world."
—Chris Bosh, 2x NBA Champion

“In a time of pandemic and economic turmoil, we are all asked to be stoic. Lives of the Stoics is a great place to begin. It entertainingly, and yet thoughtfully, introduces us to the philosophers – and mere human beings – who shaped ideas that guide us over 2,000 years later. A great read, particularly for a tough time.”  
—Gen. Stanley McChrystal, author of Team of Teams

A Word From The Author

"This was one of my favorite books to research and write. Even in the lesser-known Stoics, you see inspiring actions and wisdom that remains applicable today. Lives of the Stoics is a great opportunity for you to learn that wisdom as well."

- Ryan Holiday

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