Lady Stoics #4: Chrysippus’ Mysterious Old Woman

Diogenes Laertius several times mentions a mysterious unnamed old woman associated with Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school. Of Chrysippus the old woman who sat beside him used to say, according to Diocles, that he wrote 500 lines a day. The Greek could also mean that the old woman attended to or looked […]

Enrolling Now: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

I’m pleased to announce that my course on the life and Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, is now enrolling, and starts on Sunday 18th February 2018.  It only runs once or twice per year, though – so don’t miss out! The course will teach you how to apply philosophical […]

Free E-book: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Free download available for one week only! This is the classic George Long translation of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations in e-book format.  It’s the complete unabridged text. Get my E-book This translation is in the public domain but I wanted to create my own e-book edition so that I can upgrade it over time with notes, […]

Notes on Stoic Ethics in Cicero’s De Finibus

These are my rough notes summarizing the discussion of Stoic Ethics in Cicero’s De Finibus.  Cicero puts these words in the mouth of his deceased friend, the Stoic republican hero Cato of Utica.  It’s very interesting to compare this to the similar discussion in Diogenes Laertius, our other major source for Stoic Ethics.  The main […]

Why did Marcus Aurelius allow Commodus to succeed him?

This is a first draft.  I’ve not supplied detailed references because I’m writing it off the top of my head just to get it out there.  Please correct any errors.  I’ll check it later and add references, etc.  So apologies for any typos or whatever! One of the most commonly asked questions on my Facebook […]

What do the Stoic Virtues Mean?

For more information on Stoicism see my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. The Stoics often refer to the four cardinal virtues of Greek philosophy: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.  (Or if you prefer: wisdom, morality, courage, and moderation.) We don’t know where this classification originated.  […]

Free Download of New Stoic Therapy Toolkit (PDF)

I’m very pleased to announce that after months in preparation my new Stoic Therapy Toolkit has been published.  This is a five-page summary of core Stoic psychological practices.  People have been asking me for something like this since I started writing about Stoicism and teaching workshops on it about twenty years ago. Download PDF If […]

Criticisms of Marcus Aurelius from Roman Histories

NB: This is a draft.  I’ll tidy it up and make revisions over time, adding some additional content along the way. When we’re talking about Marcus Aurelius in relation to Stoicism we inevitably focus on ways his life might illustrate Stoic concepts and practices.  However, sometimes people object that might lead to idealizing him.  Now, […]