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Book Review: Lives of the Stoics

The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius

Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman is a new book that explores the teachings of Stoic philosophers by telling the stories of their lives.

Holiday and Hanselman are well-known to many as the authors of the bestselling The Daily Stoic. Holiday is also the author of a trilogy of successful books inspired, among other things, by his interest in Stoic philosophy: The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and Stillness is the Key.

Lives of the Stoics is due for publication in the US on September 29th, by Penguin Random House, and will be available in audiobook and ebook as well as hardback format. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance review copy. I’m an author myself and so I receive a lot of new books to review but I can honestly say this is the one I was most looking forward to reading.

Read the rest of the review on Medium.

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NEW: Paperback of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

I’m very pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the paperback edition of my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, published by St. Martin’s Press. It is due out in the US on 4th August 2020 and will be available in most other countries around the same time.

If you don’t already have a copy, check it out, as the paperback is almost half the price of the original hardback edition. Amazon are also currently offering a discount off the price. In fact, if you order now you’ll benefit from the Amazon pre-order price guarantee, which basically means you’ll get it for the cheapest price offered between now and the publication date. So you might get a bargain!

When it was released in April last year, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor became the #1 top-selling book on philosophy in the US. It’s recently been #1 new release on Amazon for Greek and Roman philosophy. It’s already available in eight different languages, with more to follow. It’s since been reviewed/rated by over 340 people on Amazon, and over 2,370 people on Goodreads! The audiobook has also been reviewed/rated by over 1,550 listeners on Audible.

Hope you enjoy reading or listening, and, as always, please feel free to get in touch if you have any comments or questions.

Regards,

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Giveaway: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

🎁 Enter this new Goodreads giveaway and win yourself a signed paperback copy of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius!

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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald J. Robertson

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

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Giveaway ends August 17, 2020.

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New: Paperback of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

I’m pleased to announce that the paperback of my latest book, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, is now available for pre-order and will be published on 4th August by Macmillan.  When it was released last April, the hardback remained at #1 in Greek and Roman philosophy on Amazon for several weeks.  It’s already available in hardback, ebook (Kindle/EPUB), and audiobook formats, and has been translated into seven languages so far.

If you order the paperback now, you’ll benefit from Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, which means you’ll pay the lowest price offered for the book between now and the publication date.  (It’s currently 10% off on Amazon US.)   

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You can also pre-order from Amazon UKAmazon Canada, and most other online booksellers around the world.  See individual sites for publication dates in different countries and pre-order discounts available.

Hope you enjoy the book.  I’m currently working on a graphic novel about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius for Macmillan, which will be available some time next year – stay tuned for more info!

Regards,

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Stoicism and Comics

Interview with Kasey Pierce of Source Point Press

I recently had the pleasure to talk to Kasey about her passion for Stoicism and how it helped her both personally and in her career as a comic book writer and editor.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work?

Absolutely! First I would like to thank you for this interview. This is truly an honor. I’m a writer from the Metro Detroit area and my prose horror novella, Pieces of Madness (Rocket ink Studios), gave me residency on the comic convention circuit in 2015. This book of short horror stories (about the insane, cultist, and paranormal) picked up a bit of a subterranean following.

Shortly after, I joined the ranks of Source Point Press and created the Norah comic series (illustrated by Sean Seal). I’m so grateful to say this hand-painted sci-fi noir was met with great reception, became film-optioned, and made me one of flagship creators of the company. Pieces of Madness saw a deluxe rerelease in 2018 and my Viking witch one-shot series, Seeress, was released in 2019 (illustrated by Jay Jacot). This year, we introduced the next four-issue arch to the Norah series, illustrated by Kelly O’Hara.

Up until this book, I was only familiar with the term “stoic” with a lowercase “s”; an adjective to describe someone as strong and silent. As I listened, I realized what was being said was reinforcing an overall perspective I’ve exercised in my own life.

However, a large part of my brand was built on inspiring fellow comic creators. I’ve presented my panel on direct selling in indie comics, Good Luck with That, at many shows in the US, Canada, and overseas. This talk gives insight into not only how to sell your work, but how to summarize and pitch it to both the con-goer and potential publisher. Part memoir, it also sheds light on many misconceptions new creators have coming into the industry.

Currently, I run editing company, Red Pen Media; offering editing, copywriting, and creative advising.

Read the rest of the interview on Medium.

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Piensa como un emperador romano

I’m delighted to announce that How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is now available in Spanish from the publisher Planeta.

Me complace anunciar que Cómo pensar como un emperador romano ya está disponible en español en la editorial Planeta.

ISBN 9786070767050.

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New Download: Marcus Aurelius Poster

I’m delighted to announce that the print quality version of the poster for my forthcoming graphic novel on the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is now available. The artist Ze Nuno Fraga has created something you can print out and put on your wall, or you can use the web version as a background on your phone.

I said I’d put this online when we reached 100 Amazon reviews for How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius and we’re way past that now so here’s your poster! Thanks everyone.

You’ll need to download the print quality TIF using this link – it’s a large file.

You can preview the web version below. Don’t ask me loads of questions about the project, though, because it’s early days and so I can’t actually provide more details yet! (You’ll have to be patient.)

Thanks for your support,

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Marcus Aurelius Poster (Web Quality)
Web version of the poster by Ze Nuna Fraga.

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Translations of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

I get a lot of enquiries from people asking “When is your book coming out in…?” So here’s the current list of translations. There may be more coming, though, this list is just how things stand at the moment.

The English edition of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius is currently available from Macmillan in hardback, ebook, and audiobook formats with the paperback scheduled for release in the US on 4th August 2020.

Now Available

Coming Soon

  • The Turkish translation will be available from Destek Publishing.
  • The Korean translation will be available from Golden Turtle.
  • The Croatian translation will be available from Planetopija.
  • The Romanian translation will be available from Seneca Iulius Annaeus Publishing House, part of Asociatia SNK
  • The Arabic translation is coming.
  • And other translations may become available over time…
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Free Stoicism Talk in Athens

Title: “The Stoic Philosophy in Modern Times”

This will be a special panel event to launch Greek translations of Lessons in Stoicism by John Sellars and How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson, presented by IANOS books and the publisher Dioptra. Alkistis Agio, author of The Stoic CEO, will be hosting.

Donald Robertson, author and psychotherapist, and John Sellars, professor of philosophy at the university of London, will be discussing how ancient Stoic philosophy, which originated in Athens, can help you live a more fulfilling life today.

Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge, to learn more about Stoicism in modern life. The talks will be in English. No need to register, just come along.

Date/Time: Tuesday 8th October, 18:00.

Venue: IANOS books, Stadiou 24, Athina 105 64 (Map)

Cost: Entrance free of charge.

More info: Event listing on IANOS website.

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Announcing: Stoicism Netherlands Discussion Group

We’re pleased to announce the creation of a new Facebook discussion group for people interested in Stoicism who are based in the Netherlands, or Flanders, or speak Dutch.

Join the Stoicism Netherlands Facebook Group

Donald Robertson will also be hosting a free “coffee and Stoicism” meeting on Friday 27th September at 1pm in the Vascobelo coffee shop, inside the Scheltema book store, in Amsterdam. Everyone is welcome…

Facebook Event Listing: Coffee and Stoicism in Amsterdam