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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

How should you lead your life? A look at ethical Philosophy that you can ACTUALLY Use…

It is human nature to wonder how best to live our lives. No doubt you have lost sleep over this notion, perhaps staring at the ceiling contemplating the very nature of your existence and what is the proper way to live. How do we know what constitutes a good or bad life? Most people would

Zeno of Citium (332-265 BCE)

Branch: Ethics Approach: Stoicism “Happiness is a good flow of life” Zeno of Citium was born around 332 BCE, some 10 years after the death of Aristotle. A quiet man who had no desire for dramatic lectures or elaborate festivities, he would become known as the father of Stoicism and lay the foundations for later stoics, including the

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. For the first 8 years of his rule he was co emperor with Lucius Verus. He would be remembered as an influential stoic philosopher as well as a formidable emperor. This interesting combination of philosopher and leader made Marcus Aurelius a memorable historical figure