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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Epictetus: Selected full-text books and articles

Discourses: Book 1 By Epictetus; Robert F. Dobbin Clarendon Press, 1998
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Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy By Susanne Bobzien Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Freedom and That Which Depends on Us: Epictetus and Early Stoics"
Arrian of Nicomedia By 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 By Mark Morford Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "From Epictetus to Marcus Aurelius"
Philosophers and Religious Leaders By 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 By Teodros Kiros Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Epictetus" begins on p. 87
Hellenistic Philosophies By 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 By R. W. Livingstone Clarendon Press, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "The Stoics: Epictetus"
Ethics: The Study of Moral Values By Seymour Cain; Mortimer J. Adler Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "Epictetus: Discourses" begins on p. 71
Ethics and Human Action in Early Stoicism By 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. By 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 By Judith Perkins Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Epictetus begins on p. 77
The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics By Brad Inwood Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Epictetus in multiple chapters
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