The Best Books Of Stoicism

By Gary W. Cross

The Books I Picked & Why

The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia

By Brad Inwood, Lloyd P. Gerson

The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia

Why this book?

A good place to start the exploration into Stoicism. This book introduces the main characters of Stoicism, and the main areas they focused on, such as Physics and Ethics. Importantly, the book provides sources from ancient sources to expound the different areas.


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Discourses, Fragments, Handbook (Translation By Robin Hard)

By Christopher Gill, Robin Hard

Discourses, Fragments, Handbook (Translation By Robin Hard)

Why this book?

It is by listening to Epictetus that we best learn the way of the ancient Stoics. Epictetus’ Discourses and Handbook are, arguably, the works that have most shaped Stoicism for the last two thousand years. Listening to Epictetus, we become aware of our ways (our thoughts, beliefs, concepts, and behaviours) that have been shaped by the ancient Stoics. Listening to Epictetus, we learn of a way that offers much that can still help us to improve our own way to a better life.


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Letters from a Stoic (Translated By Robin Campbell)

By Lucius Seneca, Robin Campbell

Letters from a Stoic (Translated By Robin Campbell)

Why this book?

Lucius Seneca was the most prolific writer of the later Stoics. Included in his works are one hundred and twenty-four letters that he wrote to his friend Lucilius which not only offer many insights into stoicism, but also insights into the mind of Seneca and more generally into the then Roman way of life.


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Meditations (Translated By A. S. L. Farquharson)

By Marcus Aurelius, A. S. L. Farquharson

Meditations (Translated By A. S. L. Farquharson)

Why this book?

Meditations is a collection of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor (at the other extreme, Epictetus was born a slave). The original title is unknown, and over the years many titles have be used, such as ‘The Book of Marcus’ and ‘Things to one’s self’. I suggest that the latter title, more accurately reflect its contents.


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Hellenistic Philosophy

By Brad Inwood, Lloyd P. Gerson

Hellenistic Philosophy

Why this book?

This book not only provides excellent texts of early Stoicism, but also provides texts of Epicureanism, and Scepticism, the other dominant philosophies at the time, and thus places Stoicism in the context of the time.


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