Book Summary: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (2019) is published by St. Martin’s Press in hardback, ebook, and audiobook formats. This is a brief summary of the contents. The introduction explains how I came to write the book, drawing on my background in academic philosophy and training as a cognitive-behavioural […]

Coming Soon: New Edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

I’m delighted to announce that a new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, with which I was involved, is due for publication in December 2019 by Capstone, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons. Capstone Classics is a series of deluxe hardback editions of classic texts. This special edition of The Meditations is beautifully […]

Podcast: Stoicism and the Art of Manliness

It was my pleasure to be interviewed recently by Brett McKay for the hugely popular Art of Manliness podcast. Brett asked me some very insightful questions about my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. The Art of Manliness has covered Stoicism in the past, including interviews with Ryan Holiday […]

Herodes Atticus on Stoic Apatheia

In his Attic Nights, the grammarian Aulus Gellius relates the following anecdote in which Herodes Atticus, a famous Sophist, criticizes the Stoic concept of apatheia, or freedom from irrational passions. However, Herodes was a notoriously quick tempered and violent individual, who stood trial (and was acquitted) of kicking his pregnant wife to death. So his […]

Stoicism and Virtue: The Stoic Code of Honor

Something about the chivalric codes of the Middle Ages seems curiously akin to the ethical ideals of Stoicism. Ancient Stoic philosophy didn’t have an explicit code of honor, as far as we know. However, a basic code of ethical conduct is clearly implicit in the surviving writings of Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and our other sources for […]

How to Drink Like a Roman Emperor: Stoicism as The Serenity Prayer on Steroids

Every so often I receive emails from people who have struggled to cope with their own alcoholism or that of their loved ones. They tell me how they’ve found great support and consolation in the writings of ancient Stoic philosophers, such as The Meditations of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. The ones who have experience of the Twelve […]