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.”