Medium: Stoicism in Gladiator 2

“The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor.” — Commodus, Gladiator Deadline recently announced that Paramount Pictures have green-lit a sequel to the hugely successful sword-and-sandals action movie, Gladiator (2000). Gladiator 2 will be directed, like its forerunner, by Ridley Scott. Back in 2006, the musician Nick Cave wrote a fairly surreal script for Gladiator […]

Stoicism versus Jordan Peterson on Anger

I run a large Stoicism discussion forum and write books about Stoic philosophy. Periodically, we tend to get posts from people who think Jordan Peterson is a Stoic. In a sense, that’s surprising. As far as I’m aware, Peterson’s never once mentioned Stoicism and there’s no hint in his talks or writings that he’s ever even […]

Flash Sale: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

Price drop special offer!  I’m delighted to announce that my publisher are offering my latest book for only $2.68 today only on Amazon US.   Claim your discount on the Kindle edition from Amazon US Similar offers are also available in other countries, including Canada where the Kindle edition is $2.99 today and the United Kingdom where it is half price.  How to Think Like a Roman Emperor has […]

December Only: Free Audiobook Sample from How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

To celebrate the Roman Festival of Saturnalia, you’ll be able to listen to a free audiobook sample of the entire final chapter from my bestselling book on Stoicism, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. Don’t miss out, though! This freebie will only be available until the end of […]

The Greatest Stoic Argued That Kindness is More Manly Than Anger

What the philosopher Marcus Aurelius believed about masculinity Over the past few decades, there’s been a resurgence of interest in Stoicism. People often confuse stoicism (lower-case), a coping style that involves suppressing or concealing emotions, also called having a “stiff upper-lip,” with Stoicism (capitalized), the ancient Graeco-Roman school of philosophy. Some crudely equate “manliness” with […]