The following passage from Aulus Gellius‘ The Attic Nights describes the Stoic doctrine concerning involuntary emotional reactions or “proto-passions” (propatheiai). See also Seneca’s On Anger, for a detailed discussion with some different examples, relating to anger rather than fear. The concept is also mentioned in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations – all three of our main surviving sources for […]
Article describing the Stoic circle of Thrasea and their importance to us in terms of understanding later Roman Stoics such as Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.
Below is the transcript of the main video from my Crash Course in Stoicism. You can watch the video online at my e-learning site by following the link below, where you will find a quiz, Stoic quotes, reading list, and lots of other resources for people new to the subject who want to learn more […]
This is a Facebook Live webinar I did on Stoicism and Anger, based on The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. The audio is good (remember to turn up the volume) but a bit out of synch with the video so I’ve published the transcript of the main section below… So let’s dive right into the topic […]
When Marcus Aurelius lay dying he turned to the guard of the night watch and said, cryptically, “Go to the rising sun; I am already setting.” We can only speculate as to the meaning he intended. For instance, it may have sounded to Romans as if he were alluding to the mystery religion of Mithraism […]
Zeno’s Republic was one of the earliest works written by the founder of Stoicism. It was well-known in the ancient world and seems to have been frequently quoted down to the time of the last famous Stoic, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, nearly five hundred years later. However, it was probably known in later centuries mainly through […]
Free e-book on the Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. Time-limited: You can download the e-book in EPUB or Kindle (MOBI) format free of charge until Wednesday 22nd 12pm Eastern Time. Download Free E-book The French poet and literary critic Antoine Léonard Thomas wrote the Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius in the 18th century and it was translated into […]
Some notes on passages in the Stoic literature that appear to question, or possibly even condemn as vicious, the practice of slave-owning.
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