Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:06 pm
Founded by Zeno around 300 BC. A recent popular introduction is The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday, with quotes from Seneca, Marcus Aurelius & Epictetus. From the Introduction:
The private diaries of one of Rome’s greatest emperors, the personal letters of one of Rome’s best
playwrights and wisest power brokers, the lectures of a former slave and exile, turned influential
teacher. Against all odds and the passing of some two millennia, these incredible documents survive.
What do they say? Could these ancient and obscure pages really contain anything relevant to modern
life? The answer, it turns out, is yes. They contain some of the greatest wisdom in the history of the world.
Together these documents constitute the bedrock of what is known as Stoicism, an ancient philosophy
that was once one of the most popular civic disciplines in the West, practiced by the rich and the
impoverished, the powerful and the struggling alike in the pursuit of the Good Life. But over the centuries,
knowledge of this way of thinking, once essential to so many, slowly faded from view.