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- Phrygian-born philosopher who popularized the Stoic ethical doctrine of limiting one's desires, believing that one should act in life as at a banquet by taking a polite portion of all that is offered.
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- proper noun A Greek Stoic
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- noun Greek philosopher who was a Stoic (circa 50-130)
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Epictetus is in some ways my favorite philosopher.
She had literary aspirations, and just after her twenty-first birthday she submitted to Burnet, with the following letter, a translation of “Encheiridion” of Epictetus from the Latin version.
Aristotle have passed away with the fashion of the times; but his moral interpretation of Epictetus is preserved in the library of nations, as a classic book, most excellently adapted to direct the will, to purify the heart, and to confirm the understanding, by a just confidence in the nature both of God and man.
To paraphrase Epictetus: I have dressed myself as whom I wish to appear as.
"Epictetus," he replied, "if ever you find me setting as much as one foot within the Court, think what you will of me."
We not only resent the imputation that our watch is wrong, or our car shabby, but that our conception of the canals of Mars, of the pronunciation of "Epictetus", of the medicinal value of salicine, or the date of Sargon I, are subject to revision.
It was a long time since she had read Mrs Chapone, but she knew she used to think that Deborah could have said the same things quite as well; and as for Mrs Carter! people thought a deal of her letters, just because she had written "Epictetus," but she was quite sure Deborah would never have made use of such a common expression as "I canna be fashed!"
(προκοπή) towards this standard was the goal, and Stoic writers such as Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius are constantly urging themselves, and, by implication, their readers to maintain indifference to circumstances and to value moral choice as the only property of worth.
He has grouped together a number of precepts from the writings of some of the great heathen moralists, such as Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, and then has urged the question how far we who profess to be the disciples of a loftier faith are true even to these ancient heathen ideals. [
He was born in the late first century A.D. and was educated by the famous Stoic teacher Epictetus and preserved the high moral teachings of his master in a handbook known as the Enchiridion.