Who was Epictetus?

I like to get to know the authors of whom I read, before I read them.

Epictetus is one of the most well known  Stoics, so lets get to know him a little better.

Epictetus was born a slave in 50 A.D. That was forever ago. It appears that he was eventually released as a slave and lived in Rome for a time, where he taught philosophy until he was kicked out. It is also worthy to note that he was crippled ( Possibly his leg?)

After he was kicked out of Rome he went to Greece and began a philosophy school. He had students of which they jotted down notes from Epictetus’s teachings. That is where the book “The Discourses” comes from.

Not much is known about Epictetus. He lived a simple life and died around 135 A.D. Now that I have some context, I feel I will gain more as I read ” The Discourses.”


Stumbling Upon Stoicism

Just a few months ago I was “googling” stuff and came upon the school of thought known as Stoicism. I was intrigued and fell victim to curiosity. I eventually found people like Ryan Holiday, Carrie Sheffield who seemed to be very successful, content and happy.

The basic idea is that you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to what happens to you.

Like I said, this have been very recent, but I am enthusiastic upon my new discovery.

The book “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius is one of the key works in the Stoic world. I am still reading it, it is not a one day read. In fact, it is recommended that you read a sentence, maybe a paragraph and then lean back and reflect on what you just read.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way, becomes the way” – Marcus Aurelius.

It took me a little bit to realize what this means. At least to me, it means that things that impede you from doing something become an essential part of doing that something. Things will pop up that will strain you from achieving your goals, you can either sit and complain and worry about it or accept it and figure out how to overcome it.

Quotes like this are good for me and for you too. I have a big Stoic reading list ahead of me and I look forward to learning new insights on how to live a better and happier life.