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Meditations on the Rise of Stoicism

Written by Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Stoicism, as a philosophy of life, has become increasingly popular amongst the general public. With practical lessons on how to control our temper, how to have good friendships, prioritizing what’s important, facing death, avoiding the pitfalls of consumer culture, and how to live the good life, it

Three Stoic Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Weekly It is no secret, to those who are familiar with the saga, that Star Wars is filled with wisdom. Those not familiar with Star Wars are at least familiar with its iconography, such as the helmet of Darth Vader—that great symbol of the dark side of the

Epictetus: Philosophy as a Guide to Life

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Stoicism was one of the most popular and influential schools of philosophy in the Ancient World. Indeed, it is still popular to this day and is studied in Universities. One of the greatest of all Stoic philosophers was Epictetus (55-135 AD), a man who, despite being subjected

Chrysippus the Under-Rated

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom “If Chrysippus had not existed, neither would the Stoa.” This became a popular catchphrase of the Stoics. The Stoics viewed Chrysippus as a central figure in helping to establish the core doctrines and principles of Stoicism. Chrysippus is often hailed as the “second founder of Stoicism.” The Stoics

Epictetus, the Stoic-Slave

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher that lived from 55-135 CE. He came before Marcus Aurelius and after Seneca. Epictetus was a slave for much of his youth and began studying philosophy under Musonius Rufus during his enslavement. He gained his freedom sometime after the death of Emperor Nero

[Video] Classics Challenge: Day 1

Welcome to the Classics Challenge! Today we are going to start off with one of the most important tenets of Stoicism… but before we do, a quick historical recap for those just joining us. Stoicism is a brand of philosophy that focuses almost exclusively on the areas of ethics, virtues, and the very difficult task