O ye who’ve learnt the doctrines of the Stoa
And have committed to your books divine
The best of human learning, teaching men
That the mind’s virtue is the only good!
She only it is who keeps the lives of men
And cities safer than high gates and walls.
But those who place their happiness in pleasure
Are led by the least worthy of the Muses.
– Athenaeus the Epigrammatist
Now that you’ve completed the introductory lesson, you should have a clear idea what the course entails.
Some key points to remember from this lesson are:
- This course is about testing out specific aspects of Stoic practice – it’s not about Stoic philosophical theory.
- The course is four weeks long, and each week covers a different aspect of Stoic practice.
- It’s important that you complete the questionnaires before and after taking part, even if you don’t manage to complete the course.
- We want you to collaborate with the other students and to help and support each other as much as possible.
Your next step should be to visit the Comments area below and introduce yourself to the course facilitator and the other students.
Just post a message saying your name and, if possible, a little bit about what brought you to the course and what you hope to achieve by completing it. If you have any initial questions about the course make sure you use this opportunity to ask them. If you’re able to do so, we’d like you to post brief reviews of books or articles on Stoicism you’ve read, just a few paragraphs, to help others to become familiar with the literature available on the subject. You may find this Goodreads list of popular books on Stoicism helpful
Thanks for your participation! We look forward to hearing from you over the next few weeks. Feel free to get in touch with the facilitator if you have any questions or need help.
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- About the nature, structure and goals of this course
- About the history and basic philosophy of Stoicism
- How to self-evaluate using the Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale (SABS)
- About your role and responsibilities in the course
- How to deal with potential setbacks during the course
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