• The Enchiridion & Discourses

  • By: Epictetus
  • Narrated by: Haward B. Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-05-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ukemi Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Enchiridion is the famous manual of ethical advice given in the second century by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.
Born to a Greek slave, Epictetus grew up in the environment of the Roman Empire and, having been released from bonds of slavery, became a Stoic in the tradition of its originators, Zeno (third Century BCE) and Seneca (first century CE).
Epictetus didn't leave a formal written legacy, but his pupil, Arrian, collected his teachings, and posterity now has The Enchiridion and The Discourses. The first is a short compilation of Stoical precepts - how to live an ethical life. It is essentially about everyday life, and it maintained its popularity throughout the succeeding centuries, on par with the other principal concise Stoic document from the Roman period, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - who had clearly read it.
The Enchiridion is presented here as the translation by Thomas W. Higginson. The Discourses, a much longer text again compiled by Arrian, contains a more comprehensive view of the teachings of Epictetus. The Discourses is translated by George Long.
Public Domain (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jose on 07-30-17

Inspiration from thousands of years ago

This is a truly amazing and inspiring book. There is a lesson for all of life hardships and how the stoic can handle it. It also contains an amazing guide to liberty.

I will buy a physical copy and have my children read it. This is true education.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron Peters on 04-07-17

Good translations, nicely narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I like Long's translation of the Discourses. In hard copy I read the Robin Hard version, but half the time I prefer the literary quality and pithy 'zing' of Long's text. So far my favourite reader of Stoic works is James Cameron Stewart, but Howard B. Morse does a creditable job. This is, in any case, the only Audible product that includes both the the Discourses and the Handbook (plus it is unabridged), which makes it desirable.

If you could give The Enchiridion & Discourses a new subtitle, what would it be?

It isn't things themselves that disturb people, but the judgments they form about them.

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By Amazon Customer on 01-14-18

Eternal wisdom, exciting performance

Engaging, inspiring, earthly, funny... Epictetus can give you great insights, skills and determination to change your life for the better, even if you don't agree with everything he says.

The text might be old, but our life problems are pretty much the same, so the lessons feel as contemporary and relevant as ever!

The audiobook performance is just stunning!

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By Bradley on 04-25-17

Great philosophy

Great speaker and a great philosophy to live by. Will seek more like this one

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