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The philosophy of Epictetus, a freed slave in the Roman Empire, has been profoundly influential on Western thought: it offers not only stimulating ideas but practical guidance in living one''s life. A. A. Long, a leading scholar of later ancient philosophy, gives the definitive presentation of
the thought of Epictetus for a broad readership. Long''s fresh and vivid translations of a selection of the best of Epictetus'' discourses show that his ideas are as valuable and striking today as they were amost two thousand years ago.
This is a book for anyone interested in what we can learn from ancient philosophy about how to live our lives.

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"Will be most welcome to all serious scholars of the slave turned Stoic student turned Stoic teacher. ... [Long''s] contributions...help to ensure that Epictetus will continue to enjoy an active ''afterlife''."-- Ancient Philosophy


"With deft sensitivity to how Epictetus'' pedagogic concerns influence what he says in different contexts.... Long''s focus on questions of how one might live as a philosopher keeps his book accessible and engaging throughout, as do the extensive quotations from Epictetus'' discourses in Long''s own
lively translations."-- Choice


"A. A. Long''s splendid Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life...could be used successfully in everything from an introductory survey-course on Greek philosophy to a graduate seminar on Stoicism."--Wolfgang Mann, Note Dame Philosophical Reviews


"The first monograph for 34 years devoted to that most readable and read of all Stoics.... This is an exemplary work of intellectual history: it has never taken much to see that Epictetus is a witty, direct, and humane teacher of an interesting philosophy; it is good to have a study which explains
something of what he (as opposed merely to it) is about."-- Greece & Rome


"[A] splendidly accessible study...Long''s book offers expert and lucid guidance on every aspect of Epictetus'' philosophy and his various teaching strategies, illustrated by numerous excerpts from the Discourses. It is written in a manner that is both calmly accepting of Epictetus'' peculiarities and,
in the proper sense, philosophical."-- Times Literary Supplement


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A. A. Long is in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley.

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Samurai Student
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Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
I am new to the study of Stoicism. The only book I had read on Stoicism was The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot, which contains an introduction to Epictetus. Epictetus was Marcus Aurelius'' primary inspiration. I wanted to know more about Epictetus and I was pleasantly... See more
I am new to the study of Stoicism. The only book I had read on Stoicism was The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot, which contains an introduction to Epictetus. Epictetus was Marcus Aurelius'' primary inspiration. I wanted to know more about Epictetus and I was pleasantly surprised at how accessible this book is. A.A. Long makes Epictetus come alive. The discourses are very applicable to modern times. A.A. Long is an authoritative source on Stoicism in general and Epictetus in particular. This book is cited in the bibliography of every book on Stoicism that I have come across. I would say that The Inner Citadel and Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life give one a strong foundation in living a Stoic life.
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Curtis Steinmetz
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One of the best contemporary books on Stoicism and ancient philosophy in general
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2006
[Note added later: I had originally given this book a 4 star review. Almost two years later I came back and bumped it up to 5. This is a book to cherish and to come back to over and over again. Stoicism is a way of life, and it requires a lifetime to study it. Long''s book... See more
[Note added later: I had originally given this book a 4 star review. Almost two years later I came back and bumped it up to 5. This is a book to cherish and to come back to over and over again. Stoicism is a way of life, and it requires a lifetime to study it. Long''s book is an invaluable companion on the journey. The rest of this review is the same as originally written.]

The great strength of A. A. Long''s book on Epictetus is that Long views Epictetus, and Stoicism in general, as being firmly rooted in the broader tradition of ancient philosophy. This is reflected in his reference to Socrates in the book''s title.

Throughout the book Long engagingly draws the reader into the world of philosophy as it was lived. Especially in the first half of the book Long emphasizes Epictetus'' humanity - as well as that of his students. The result is that anyone who reads this book will, if they haven''t already, be compelled to read Epictetus.

The two things that I wasn''t crazy about are (1) Long''s dismissal of the Epictetus'' "Handbook" as unimportant (Long prefers to only look at the "Discourses"), and (2) the second half of the book is more technical and less fun to read than the first half. Long is, after all, a contemporary philsopher, and the second half of the book seems to be more aimed at his colleagues and students of academic philosophy rather than the general public.
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J. Gramling
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Very readable and essential
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
I wanted a book that focused on Epictetus, his life, his context, his unique focus and contribution differentiated from other Stoics and contemporaries. This book delivers without becoming a dry textbook.
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Outstanding Introduction to Epictetus
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2008
I don''t have much to add to the glowing reviews of this book. It''s gracefully written, philosophically sensitive, and of manageable length. If I had any complaint, it''s that the author, Berkeley prof A.A. Long, doesn''t devote enough attention to the Stoic thinkers who... See more
I don''t have much to add to the glowing reviews of this book. It''s gracefully written, philosophically sensitive, and of manageable length. If I had any complaint, it''s that the author, Berkeley prof A.A. Long, doesn''t devote enough attention to the Stoic thinkers who preceded Epictetus. Instead, he explores Epictetus''s affinities to Socrates. This makes his book less-than-ideal as an introduction to Stoicism -- but anyone who already has that background and wants to deepen his understanding of Epictetus''s Discourses should start here. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2013
The general trend is for academics to write books in search of a teaching post; but the best academic books are the product of a long teaching career. Long''s book is an example of the latter, like Havelock''s Preface to Plato or Dodd''s Greeks and the Irrational.
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Everyone in our broken culture should read.
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Philosophy as praxis
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2005
This is a fine introduction to the thought of the ex-slave Epictetus. A.A. Long is a well-established specialist in the philosophical schools of the Hellenistic period. While professional philosophers have paid attention to the technical and "academic" side of this period,... See more
This is a fine introduction to the thought of the ex-slave Epictetus. A.A. Long is a well-established specialist in the philosophical schools of the Hellenistic period. While professional philosophers have paid attention to the technical and "academic" side of this period, it is finally refreshing to see serious, thoughtful engagement with the practical and humanistic thinkers. Philosophy used to be a guide for living and perhaps it can be again some day. The work of Pierre Hadot, especially his studies on Marcus Aurelius or Plotinus, is also be recommended.
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Want to learn about Epictetus and Stoicism? Here is a pleasant path
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2015
I liked this book a lot. I didn''t know much about Epictetus or Stoicism and learned quite a bit. A.A. Long has many related titles and I will read more of them. I''ve always enjoyed reading Epictetus, my brother was a fan and turned me on to him, and this helped me know... See more
I liked this book a lot. I didn''t know much about Epictetus or Stoicism and learned quite a bit. A.A. Long has many related titles and I will read more of them. I''ve always enjoyed reading Epictetus, my brother was a fan and turned me on to him, and this helped me know who he was and where he was coming from, insofar as any book can given all that is lost. But all that is lost; that is Epictetus.
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Epictetus in his time and place
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2016
A. A. Long''s monograph serves as an excellent introduction to the Stoic thought of Epictetus as described in the surviving writings concerning him. Whilst in many ways fairly thorough it''s not entirely comprehensive - in particular I was a little disappointed that Long...See more
A. A. Long''s monograph serves as an excellent introduction to the Stoic thought of Epictetus as described in the surviving writings concerning him. Whilst in many ways fairly thorough it''s not entirely comprehensive - in particular I was a little disappointed that Long delegated the discussion of free will in Epictetus to another author (considerable further reading is supplied at the end of each chapter as well as a fairly sizeable bibliography at the end). Overall Epictetus is seen in his time and place, whilst also allowing scope for how Stoicism may be relevant to people even today. The work could be useful to a broad range of readers - accessible to the interested layman who may or may not wish to apply Stoic practice in modern life, and detailed enough for more academically minded students and even postgrads.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2013
This is not an easy book for many, but clearly lays out Epictetus''s thoughts. It is a must buy for philosophy students, and those wanting to explore the fundamental ideas underpinning modern Cognative Behavioural Therapy.
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