Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius

by Ryan Holiday,Stephen Hanselman

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Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius

by Ryan Holiday,Stephen Hanselman


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  • Marcus Aurelius-

    Marcus Aurelius was born in 121 CE, wrote the book Meditations. Of all the Stoics of historical note, none lived more of the Stoic philosophy than Marcus. He named his brother Lucius co-emperor; he sold all his finery during the plague so that his people wouldn’t need to be taxed more, and he wept w

  • Seneca-

    Seneca the Younger wrote a letters and essays anthology called On Morality. He would be the tutor for Nero, the future sociopathic emperor. Though Seneca wrote diligently on what it means to be a Stoic, he didn’t lead the life of one. He stood by Nero’s side as Nero murdered his mother and all his m

  • Porcia Cato-

    Porcia Cato was the daughter of Cato the Younger, and the only historical female Stoic. Her first husband died and she married Brutus, the man responsible for plotting and executing the murder of Caesar. In order to prove her Stoicism, she stabbed herself in the thigh. This she did to demonstrate to

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