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  • Lessons in Stoicism

  • What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us About How to Live
  • By: John Sellars
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Ancient History
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Summary

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What aspects of your life do you really control? What do you do when you cannot guarantee that things will turn out in your favour? And what can Stoicism teach us about how to live together? 

In the past few years, Stoicism has been making a comeback. But what exactly did the Stoics believe? 

In Lessons in Stoicism, philosopher John Sellars weaves together the key ideas of the three great Roman Stoics - Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius - with snapshots of their fascinating lives, to show us how their ideas can help us today.  

In vivid prose, Sellars shows how the works of these three Stoics have inspired people ever since, speaking as they do to some of the perennial issues that face anyone trying to navigate their way through life. Their works, fundamentally, are about how to live - how to understand one's place in the world, how to cope when things don't go well, how to manage one's emotions and how to behave towards others.   

Consoling and inspiring, Lessons in Stoicism is a deeply thoughtful guide to the philosophy of a valuable life.

©2019 John Sellars (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Helpful and inspiring

Even though it was philosophy from the ancients it seemed amazingly relevant to contemporary life. I chose it and listened as I hoped to glean tips on how to handle tricky external things that can sometimes be irritating, and I came away with a few good ideas about how to approach those incedents more easily. I could happily listen to it again, and probably will. His pace and spoken style is abundantly clear, and I thoroughly recommend it.

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Fantastic

I've read a lot of books on Stoicism and this is one of the best!

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Comforting listening and a great intro to stoicism

The voiceover is brilliantly read, calming and not robotic like other books! Definitely a good intro to stoicism

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amazing

this has been a great introduction into stoicism, informative and educational. cant wait too carry on

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A very good basic teaching of Stoicism

Very concise, perfect as an introduction piece for those who need Stoicism spelled out quickly. Should really state that it is quite basic and that accounts for just three stars...easy to follow and worth the money if you are becoming curious regarding this great philosophy.

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  • 03-10-19

great for newbies. ok for us who are obsessed

review of all the basic core concepts. not a deep dissection. the narrator is David Attenborough lol

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  • Christie
  • 26-02-21

Lovely read

The book is not long, but it is well written, very insightful, and the reader speaks in a pleasant tone. This was suggested by a friend who had used it in tandem with Taming Your Gremlin to help overcome his depression. It is interesting to see how nicely the philosophy relates to modern day society. We could all benefit from a little more stoicism.

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