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Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius Hardcover – 17 November 2020

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Stellar work ... This illuminating collection of biographies makes great use of Stoic wisdom to demonstrate the tradition's values ― Publisher's Weekly

In story after page-turning story, Lives of the Stoics brings ancient philosophers to life. -- David Epstein, bestselling author of Range

A great read, particularly for a tough time -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, author of 'Team of Teams' and 'Leaders: Myth and Reality'

Wonderful -- Chris Bosh, two-time NBA Champion

There is philosophy for school and philosophy for life. This book is about the lives of men and women who lived their words and shows you how to do the same. -- Thomas Tull, founder of Legendary Entertainment

Whether you're a general or a gardener, a stockbroker or a senator, there is much to learn from Ryan Holiday's excellent Lives of the Stoics. -- Senator Ben Sasse

At a time when public nobility is hard to come by, this is a good reminder of the power of ethical leadership. ― Kirkus Reviews

Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman have achieved something remarkable with Lives of the Stoics. It's a gift to the many of us today who are searching for inspiration and sense a deep connection with the thought of Zeno, Cato, Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Indispensable to anyone who genuinely wants to learn about Stoic philosophy. -- Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

With its emphasis on individual success and perserverence, stoicism is seeing an American renaissance. The authors offer brief instructional biographies of its major ancient practitioners. ― New York Times

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Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle is the Way; Ego is the Enemy; Stillness is the Key and The Daily Stoic.

Stephen Hanselman has worked in publishing for over three decades. He received a Master's degree at Harvard Divinity School, while also studying at Harvard's philosophy department.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Profile Trade; Main edition (17 November 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1788162609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1788162609
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.4 x 3.3 x 22.2 cm
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David Birse
5.0 out of 5 stars A history of the lives of Stoicism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the practical applications of Stoicism through 26 mini-biographies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the practical applications of Stoicism through 26 mini-biographies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 October 2020
This is a great book that really brings to life the art of living the principles of Stoicism through 26 mini-biographies.

Ryan and Stephen have done a great job with their research to highlight the lives of these stoics. Whilst some of them are well known, there were many I had not come across and they range from being merchants, generals, writers, athletes, parents, professors, daughters and diplomats.

Each chapter starts with the Name, pronunciation, image and birth and death dates, starting with Zeno born in 334 BC and finishing off with Marcus Aurelius who was born in 121 AD. The chapters bring the essence of the life of each stoic. Ryan and Stephen mention in the Introduction that the aim hasn't been to have strict scholarly accuracy but actually bring out the moral lessons from the lives of each of the stoics. There is also a useful timeline at the end of the book to show the 500 years of Stoicism.

The book through each of the biographies, helps bring to life how the Stoic virtues of Courage. Justice. Temperance. Wisdom were lived by them. Interestingly it showed that many of the stoics did fall short of these values, they were tempted by wealth, made compromises, groped for fame, lost their temper, lied, were silent when they shouldn't have been and many other things. However, they teach through their choices why the virtues were important. You get to learn from their successes and failures. More importantly, it enables the reader to help apply philosophy to their own lives.

Given how 2020 has been for almost everyone, this is a great book to be able to understand the art of living no matter the circumstances and navigate a world with it's ups and downs. It is a great book for reflection and building your own understanding of how you want to live your life and the values you want to live by. I highly recommend the book.
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