Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
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Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

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by Epictetus, Sharon Lebell
     
 

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Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living,

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Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

Editorial Reviews

Sylvia Boorstein
“Epictetus sounds like the Buddha, and Sharon Lebell’s voice makes him sound like the delightful man next door.”
Jack Kornfield
“A treasury of eternally good advice, wise as a grandfather, earthy as the Tao.”
Jacob Needleman
“The message of Epictetus is as vital today as it ever was.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061286056
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Series:
Plus Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
214,406
Product dimensions:
4.87(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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Sylvia Boorstein

“Epictetus sounds like the Buddha, and Sharon Lebell’s voice makes him sound like the delightful man next door.”

Meet the Author

Epictetus (circa 55-135 ce) taught in Rome until the year 94 ce, when Emperor Domitian banished philosophers from the city. In exile, he established a school of philosophy where his distinguished students included Marcus Aurelius, author of Meditations. Some 1,863 years after Epictetus's death, Tom Wolfe revived his philosophy in the bestselling novel A Man in Full.

Sharon Lebell is a philosophical writer and musician who lives in Northern California. She also produced Epictetus's A Manual for Living.

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