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The Enchiridion & Discourses

By: Epictetus
Narrated by: Haward B. Morse
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

The Enchiridion is the famous manual of ethical advice given in the second century by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.

Born to a Greek slave, Epictetus grew up in the environment of the Roman Empire and, having been released from bonds of slavery, became a Stoic in the tradition of its originators, Zeno (third Century BCE) and Seneca (first century CE).

Epictetus didn't leave a formal written legacy, but his pupil, Arrian, collected his teachings, and posterity now has The Enchiridion and The Discourses. The first is a short compilation of Stoical precepts - how to live an ethical life. It is essentially about everyday life, and it maintained its popularity throughout the succeeding centuries, on par with the other principal concise Stoic document from the Roman period, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - who had clearly read it.

The Enchiridion is presented here as the translation by Thomas W. Higginson. The Discourses, a much longer text again compiled by Arrian, contains a more comprehensive view of the teachings of Epictetus. The Discourses is translated by George Long.

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Eternal wisdom, exciting performance

Engaging, inspiring, earthly, funny... Epictetus can give you great insights, skills and determination to change your life for the better, even if you don't agree with everything he says.

The text might be old, but our life problems are pretty much the same, so the lessons feel as contemporary and relevant as ever!

The audiobook performance is just stunning!

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  • Jose
  • 30-07-17

Inspiration from thousands of years ago

This is a truly amazing and inspiring book. There is a lesson for all of life hardships and how the stoic can handle it. It also contains an amazing guide to liberty.

I will buy a physical copy and have my children read it. This is true education.

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  • Ron Peters
  • 07-04-17

Good translations, nicely narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I like Long's translation of the Discourses. In hard copy I read the Robin Hard version, but half the time I prefer the literary quality and pithy 'zing' of Long's text. So far my favourite reader of Stoic works is James Cameron Stewart, but Howard B. Morse does a creditable job. This is, in any case, the only Audible product that includes both the the Discourses and the Handbook (plus it is unabridged), which makes it desirable.

If you could give The Enchiridion & Discourses a new subtitle, what would it be?

It isn't things themselves that disturb people, but the judgments they form about them.

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  • Dudley
  • 25-07-16

Worth the money.

The speaker did a great job. This is a perfect rendering of the Discourses of Epictetus.

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  • The Masked Reviewer
  • 29-04-18

The BEST Enchiridion on Audible

Very modern and elegant reading of the eternal classic Stoic Manual on living. There is no equal. English accent is very pleasing and not gratingg at all, as one might expect.

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  • Jose.roberto
  • 29-12-16

An amazing and timeless collection

Is an amazing book. Truly remarkeable objective observation of life. Very Spiritual and yet terrestrial. This Philosophy of life applies completely in todays society. I strongly recommend it be taught in schools.

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  • Frederic Haddad
  • 14-06-17

Best book ever!

If this book costed a million dollars, I would still consider it a bargain! Life changing.

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  • Tomas Kral
  • 14-10-18

Wonderfull and thruthfull book.

This book contains the ancient wisdom that is not limited by time and can give everyone who is open to it so much that the mere words cannot express that. I sincerely recommend to all that are ready to listen to it.

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  • DC
  • 07-09-18

Excellent

This audiobook contains some of the wisdom and glory of the Greek thought and it's cultural heritage at its best. The influence of Epictetus in modern thinking is ubiquitous. A masterpiece.

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  • Mark Colety
  • 16-05-18

Invaluable

Required reading for any serious Stoic. Should be required reading for everyone. Practical wisdom from the master.

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  • C.Franklin
  • 13-04-18

Great Stoic Reading

If you're a fan of Seneca or follow the writings of Tim Ferris, Ryan Holiday or the like, this is a great next read on your Stoic journey.