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

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

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by Epictetus
 

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Epictetus was born into slavery about A.D. 55 in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Sold as a child and crippled from the beatings of his master, Epictetus was eventually freed, rising from his humble roots to establish an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Stressing that human beings cannot control life, only how they respond to it,

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Epictetus was born into slavery about A.D. 55 in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Sold as a child and crippled from the beatings of his master, Epictetus was eventually freed, rising from his humble roots to establish an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Stressing that human beings cannot control life, only how they respond to it, Epictetus dedicated his life to outlining the simple way to happiness, fulfillment, and tranquility. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to successfully meet the challenges of everyday life and face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

Epictetus's teachings rank among the greatest wisdom texts of human civilization. Sharon Lebell presents this esteemed philosopher's invaluable insights for the first time in a splendidly down-to-earth rendition. The result is the West's first and best primer for living the best possible life -- as helpful in the twenty-first century as it was in the first.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062513465
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2004
Pages:
113
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.38(d)

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Epictetus (A.D. 55–135) taught in Rome until the year 94, when Emperor Domitian banished philosophers from the city. In exile, he established his distinguished school of philosophy.

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Art of Living 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe that a book so thin could offer so much. This is a profoundly insightful and thought-provoking book that I can't wait to offer my highschool students. It speaks to timeless, universal values and insights that would serve anyone interested in embarking upon a conscious and fulfilling life journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great introduction on Epictetus' philosophy, written in simple languages
Jordongdong More than 1 year ago
Great little book. It will help you live to your full potential and it shows it lives up to our modern times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A better title for this book would probably be 'Art of Living: Reading Epictetus', by Lebell. Other than that, I'd say the text, while not being a direct translation, is close to the original. Overall, I'd say this is a very good book; something thought-provoking for sure.
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Historybuff09 More than 1 year ago
It's not terrible, but it's pretty much like every other "rules for living" book up to and including "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff." "Art of Living" was recommended in another book I was reading on ADHD. Sad to say, no great words of wisdom - or at least no new words of wisdom imparted here.