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Handbook of Epictetus by Epictetus( Book )

819 editions published between 1516 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 2,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although he was born into slavery and endured a permanent physical disability, Epictetus (ca. 50ca. 130 AD) maintained that all people are free to control their lives and to live in harmony with nature. We will always be happy, he argued, if we learn to desire that things should be exactly as they are. After attaining his freedom, Epictetus spent his entire career teaching philosophy and advising a daily regimen of self-examination. His pupil Arrianus later collected and published the master's lecture notes; the Enchiridion, or Manual, is a distillation of Epictetus' teachings and an instructional manual for a tranquil life. Full of practical advice, this work offers guidelines for those seeking contentment as well as for those who have already made some progress in that direction
The Discourses as reported by Arrian ; The manual ; and, the fragments by Epictetus( Book )

230 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epictetus ('Acquired', probably his real name) was a crippled Greek slave of Phrygia during Nero's reign (A.D.54-68) who heard lectures by the Stoic Musonius before he was freed. Expelled with other philosophers by the emperor Domitian in 89 or 92 he settled permanently in Nicopolis in Epirus and, in a school which he called 'healing place for sick souls', taught a practical philosophy, details of which were taken down by his pupil Flavius Arrianus and survive in four books of 'Diatribae' or Discourses and a smaller 'Encheiridon' or Handbook which gives brifly the chief doctrines of the other work. He lived apparently into the reign of Hadrian (A.D. 117-138). Epictetus was a teacher and preacher of practical Stoic ethics, broad and firm in method, sublime in thought, and now humorous, now sad or severe in spirit. How should one live righteously? Our god-given will is our paramount possession, and we must not covet others'. We must not resist fortune. Man is part of a system of men and God; men are reasoning beings (in feeble bodies) and must conform to God's mind and the will of nature. Epictetus presents us also with a pungent picture of the perfect (Stoic) man
Discourses and Enchiridion by Epictetus( Book )

15 editions published between 1944 and 1972 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Discourses of Epictetus are a series of extracts of the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus written down by Arrian approximately 108 AD. There were originally eight books, but only four now remain in their entirety, along with a few fragments of the others. In a preface attached to the Discourses, Arrian explains how he came to write them: "I neither wrote these Discourses of Epictetus in the way in which a man might write such things; nor did I make them public myself, inasmuch as I declare that I did not even write them. But whatever I heard him say, the same I attempted to write down in his own words as nearly as possible, for the purpose of preserving them as memorials to myself afterwards of the thoughts and the freedom of speech of Epictetus."--Wikipedia
The discourses of Epictetus by Epictetus( Book )

63 editions published between 1766 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yet the stress on endurance, self--restraint and power of the will to withstand calamity can often seem coldhearted. It is Epictetus, a lame former slave exiled by the Emperor Domitian, who offers by far the most positive and humane version of stoic ideals. The Discourses, assembled by his pupil Arrian, catch him in action, publicly setting out his views on ethical dilemmas. -- Amazon
Epictetus, his Morals, with Simplicius, his comment by Epictetus( Book )

224 editions published between 1538 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Texte annoté avec un dossier proposant une présentation d'Epictète et une analyse de l'oeuvre et de ses problématiques
The moral discourses of Epictetus by Epictetus( Book )

27 editions published between 1902 and 1966 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enchiridion by Epictetus( Book )

76 editions published between 1800 and 2011 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The teaching of Epictetus, briefly expressed, is, that man ought to be thankful to God for all things, and always content with that which happens, for what God chooses is better than what men can choose (iv. c. 7). The Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion and Fragments were translated into English by the learned lady Mrs. Elizabeth Carter; who is said to have lived to the age of eighty-nine. The fourth edition (1807) contains the translator's last additions and alterations. There is an Introduction to this translation which contains a summary view of the Stoic philosophy for the purpose of explaining Epictetus; and also there are notes to the translation. The editor of this fourth edition says that "the Introduction and notes of the Christian translator of Epictetus are, in the estimation of most readers, not the least valuable parts of the work:" and he adds "this was also the opinion of the late Archbishop Seeker, who though he thought very highly of the Philosophy of Epictetus, considered the Introduction and notes as admirably calculated to prevent any mistake concerning it, as well as to amend and instruct the world." The Introduction is certainly useful, though it is not free from errors. I do not think that the notes are valuable. I have used some of them without any remarks; and I have used others and made some remarks on them where I thought that Mrs. Carter was mistaken in her opinion of the original text, or on other matters. The translation of Mrs. Carter is good; and perhaps no Englishman at that time would have made a better translation. I intended at first to revise Mrs. Carter's translation, and to correct any errors that I might discover. I had revised about half of it, when I found that I was not satisfied with my work; and I was advised by a learned friend to translate the whole myself. This was rather a great undertaking for an old man, who is now past seventy-six. I have however done the work with great care, and as well as I could. I have always compared my translation with the Latin version and with Mrs. Carter's; and I think that this is the best way of avoiding errors such as any translator may make. A man who has not attempted to translate a Greek or Latin author does not know the difficulty of the undertaking. That which may appear plain when he reads often becomes very difficult when he tries to express it in another language. It is true that Epictetus is generally intelligible; but the style or manner of the author, or we may say of Arrian, who attempted to produce what he heard, is sometimes made obscure by the continual use of questions and answers to them, and for other reasons"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Epictetus; the Discourses as reported by Arrian, the Manual, and fragments by Epictetus( Book )

15 editions published between 1959 and 1989 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enthält: Bd. 1: Discourses, books 1+2; Bd. 2: Discourses, books 3+4, the Manual and Fragments
Encheiridion by Epictetus( Book )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Epictetus' Encheiridion, which was composed by his pupil Arrian with the purpose of giving a comprehensive account of Epictetus' thought, has been transmitted in many sources. Besides the rich direct tradition there are three Christian adaptations, a voluminous commentary by the sixth-century philosopher Simplicius, as well as the indirect tradition."--BOOK JACKET. "In the first part of this book there is a full account of the transmission of Epictetus' Encheiridion and the three Christian adaptations, based on all extant manuscripts. The second part of the book contains critical editions of the four texts; for the Christian Encheiridion of Vaticanus graecus 2231 this is the editio princeps."--Jacket
The works of Epictetus : consisting of his Discourses, in four books, the Enchiridion, and fragments by Epictetus( Book )

49 editions published between 1865 and 2015 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elizabeth Carter's version of Epictetus has outlived every English prose translation of its day, and has admirably held its ground with readers. I hesitated for some time, whether to call this book simply a revision of Elizabeth Carter's translation, or a new one based on hers. The latter alternative was finally chosen, less in order to claim for myself any credit of hers, than to save her from sharing any discredit of mine. Epictetus limits himself strictly to giving a code of practical ethics. Not ignoring metaphysics in their proper place, he directs his aims elsewhere. His essential principles are very simple. All things (he holds) receive their character from our judgment concerning them; all objects, all events, are merely semblances or phenomena, to be interpreted according to the laws which nature gives us. An obvious classification at once occurs; all things are either controllable by will, or uncontrollable"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The teaching of Epictetus: being the Encheiridion of Epictetus; with selections from the 'Dissertations' and 'Fragments.' by Epictetus( Book )

51 editions published between 1888 and 2010 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entretiens ; Manuel by Epictetus( Book )

108 editions published between 1535 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike his predecessors, Epictetus (c. 50-120 CE), who grew up as a slave, taught Stoicism not for the select few but for the many. A student, the historian Arrian, recorded Epictetus's lectures and, in the Encheiridion, a handbook, summarized his thought
Epicteti Enchiridion, una cum Cebetis Tabula : Græcè & Latine, cum notis by Epictetus( Book )

133 editions published between 1560 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deutsch von Dr. Friedrich S. Krauss. Der Schluss aus dem arabischen des Ibni Muskveïh, von . . . F. Müller
Discourses by Epictetus( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epicteti Enchiridion made English : in a poetical paraphrase by Epictetus( Book )

77 editions published between 1692 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The golden sayings of Epictetus, with the Hymn of Cleanthes by Epictetus( Book )

34 editions published between 1903 and 2015 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Are these the only works of Providence within us? What words suffice to praise or set them forth? Had we but understanding, should we ever cease hymning and blessing the Divine Power, both openly and in secret, and telling of His gracious gifts? Whether digging or ploughing or eating, should we not sing the hymn to God: Great is God, for that He hath given us such instruments to till the ground withal: Great is God, for that He hath given us hands and the power of swallowing and digesting; of unconsciously growing and breathing while we sleep! Thus should we ever have sung; yea and this, the grandest and divinest hymn of all: Great is God, for that He hath given us a mind to apprehend these things, and duly to use them! What then! seeing that most of you are blinded, should there not be some one to fill this place, and sing the hymn to God on behalf of all men? What else can I that am old and lame do but sing to God? Were I a nightingale, I should do after the manner of a nightingale. Were I a swan, I should do after the manner of a swan. But now, since I am a reasonable being, I must sing to God: that is my work: I do it, nor will I desert this my post, as long as it is granted me to hold it; and upon you too I call to join in this self-same hymn."
A selection from the discourses of Epictetus by Epictetus( Book )

30 editions published between 1800 and 2011 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the works of Epictetus, which are now extant; consisting of his Discourses, preserved by Arrian, in four books, the Enchiridion, and fragments by Epictetus( Book )

19 editions published between 1758 and 1759 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributions toward a bibliography of Epictetus by W. A Oldfather( Book )

3 editions published in 1927 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epictetus: a dialogue in common sense by John Bonforte( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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