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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

Carnuntum: Where Marcus Aurelius Wrote The Meditations

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. (Thanks to Landessammlungen Niederösterreich, Archäologischer Park Carnuntum for permission to use photographs of their exhibits.) If thou would’st master care and pain, Unfold this book and read and read again Its blessed leaves, whereby thou soon shalt see

Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism and Pain

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, discusses strategies for coping with pain derived from the ancient wisdom of Stoicism. The physical frailty of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was notorious, and of great concern to his subjects.  Around 174-175 AD, he was in such

Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism and Anger

By Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, discusses strategies for coping with anger derived from the ancient wisdom of Stoicism. The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was renowned for his ability to remain calm in the face of provocation. On one such occasion, a notoriously

[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