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Stoicism: A Life In Accordance With Nature

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.” ~ Zeno of Citium Stoicism departs rather dramatically from the previous schools of thought we’ve been covering. With an emphasis

Broken Down by Force: On Seneca and the Power of His Word

Written by Mariami Shanshashvili, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Not many historical events in the annals of our civilization are so universally well-known that they need no introduction. The death of Socrates is one such momentous event. An unfading scene firmly entrenched in all our minds; for most of us, dictated by the iconic painting of Jacques-Louis

Discipline: Lessons from the Ancient World

Written by David Hooker, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Derived from the Latin discipulus, “discipline” has several shades of meaning.  It can mean a branch of knowledge or learning, or “a training that develops self-control, character, or efficiency,” or submission to an authority and a system of rules, such as those for military purposes, or a

How to Eat Like a Stoic: The Ancient Diets of Cynicism and Stoicism

Donald J. Robertson, Writer and Cognitive-behavioural Psychotherapist, author of “The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” The ancient Cynic and Stoic philosophers were very interested in food. (At the end of this article you’ll even find a modern recipe for Stoic soup.) They talk both about what we should eat and how we should eat it, if we want to live wisely

The False Promise of Stoicism

Written by Aaron Smith, Instructor and Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute [The Ayn Rand Institute has granted permission to Classical Wisdom Weekly to republish this article in its entirety, originally published in New Ideal, but does not necessarily endorse the images accompanying it or other content on this site.] Over the past decade, the ancient Greek

The Life of Marcus Aurelius: Part III

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Parthian Attacks With barely enough time to get comfortable in the Emperor’s seat, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus’ minds were turned to a ghost that haunted their predecessor. As Emperor Antoninus Pius lay dying, his mind was often consumed by the actions of foreign kings. Such worries