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Epictetus, a Greek stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicropolis in the early second century AD. His animated discussions were celebrated for their rhetorical wizardry and were written down by Arrian, his most famous pupil. Together with the Enchiridion, a manual of his main ideas, and the fragments collected here, The Discourses argue that happiness lies in learning to perceive exactly what is in our power to change and what is not, and in embracing our fate to live in harmony with god and nature. In this personal, practical guide to the ethics of stoicism and moral self-improvement, Epictetus tackles questions of freedom and imprisonment, illness and fear, family, friendship and love, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in the classical world.

Public Domain (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 15-03-21

Fantastic, Epictetus on demand!

I have been studying the Stoic philosophy seriously for the last eight months and it has transformed my life. I had an older translation of the Discourses but a lot of the passages were quite obscure. This newer translation is much clearer for the modern reader.
This audiobook is fantastic, the narration is spot on and listening to the works take it to a whole new level and complements the written material incredibly well. The discourses after all are lectures compiled by one of Epictetus student, and this audio version immerses you into what of his classes may have felt back in the day.
Amazon also did a good job of listing each individual discourse so I can always get to your favourites quite easily. The Enchiridion is provided as one single chapter though but that's ok.

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  • Branden Harris
  • 11-03-21

thanks pewdiepie

this was a straightforward fascinating next step in my discovery of these truths. glad I read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-21

Excellent

Easy to follow narrator. Wise and useful content. I have and would recommend it to my friends and family.

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  • Hunter Weir
  • 11-05-21

Excellent Translation, Excellent Narration

Nuff said in the title. Only one strike against this version- it’s the “selected” writings, not the complete. Try the Naxos recording for completeness.

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  • H. D. Martinez
  • 01-05-21

Outstanding Audible Title and performance

First off, I was delighted when this edition finally made it to Audible but to my greater surprise, the combination of such terrific narrator with Epictetus' brilliant work makes for a remarkably immersive experience. If you are new to Epictetus, I would strongly suggest you start with The Enchiridion. To get an insight into the ultimate goal of Stoic philosophy, as a way of life vs theoretical knowledge, listen first to Discourse 4.1 On Progress.