Epictetus

Epictetus (ĕpĬktē´təs), c.AD 50–c.AD 138, Phrygian Stoic philosopher. He wrote nothing, but his teachings were set down by his disciple Arrian in the Discourses and the Encheiridion. Epictetus emphasized indifference to external goods and taught that the true good is within oneself. His Stoicism was outstanding in its insistence on the doctrine of the brotherhood of man.

See study by I. Xenakis (1969).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life
A. A. Long.
Clarendon Press, 2002
Discourses: Book 1
Robert F. Dobbin; Epictetus.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy
Susanne Bobzien.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Freedom and That Which Depends on Us: Epictetus and Early Stoics"
Arrian of Nicomedia
Philip A. Stadter.
University of North Carolina Press, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Encounter with Epictetus"
The Roman Philosophers: From the Time of Cato the Censor to the Death of Marcus Aurelius
Mark Morford.
Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "From Epictetus to Marcus Aurelius"
Philosophers and Religious Leaders
Christian D. Von Dehsen.
Oryx Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Epictetus: Influential Stoic Philosopher c. 50 - c. 135" begins on p. 60
Self-Construction and the Formation of Human Values: Truth, Language, and Desire
Teodros Kiros.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Epictetus" begins on p. 87
Hellenistic Philosophies
Paul Elmer More.
Princeton University Press, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "Epictetus"
The Mission of Greece: Some Greek Views of Life in the Roman World
R. W. Livingstone.
Clarendon Press, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "The Stoics: Epictetus"
Ethics: The Study of Moral Values
Mortimer J. Adler; Seymour Cain.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "Epictetus: Discourses" begins on p. 71
Ethics and Human Action in Early Stoicism
Brad Inwood.
Clarendon Press, 1985
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Epictetus begins on p. 115
A History of Cynicism from Diogenes to the 6th Century A.D.
Donald R. Dudley.
Methuen, 1937
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Epictetus begins on p. 190
The Suffering Self: Pain and Narrative Representation in Early Christian Era
Judith Perkins.
Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Epictetus begins on p. 77
The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics
Brad Inwood.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Epictetus in multiple chapters
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