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LIVES OF THE STOICS

The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius

by Hanselman, StephenHoliday, Ryan

From the bestselling authors of The Daily Stoic comes an inspiring guide to the lives of the Stoics and what the ancients can teach us about happiness, success, resilience, and virtue.

Nearly 2300 years after a ruined merchant named Zeno first established a school on the Stoa Poikile of Athens, Stoicism has found a new audience among those who seek greatness, from athletes to politicians and everyone in between. It's no wonder: The philosophy and its embrace of self-mastery, virtue, and indifference to that which we cannot control is as urgent today as it was in the chaos of the Roman Empire.

In LIVES OF THE STOICS, Holiday and Hanselman present the fascinating lives of the men and women who strove to live by the timeless Stoic virtues of courage, justice, temperance, and wisdom. Organized in digestible, mini-biographies of all the well-known - and not so well-known - Stoics, this book vividly brings home what Stoicism was like for the people who loved it and lived it, dusting off powerful lessons to be learned from their struggles and successes.

More than a mere history book, every example in these pages, from Epictetus to Marcus Aurelius - slaves to emperors - is designed to help readers apply philosophy in their own lives. Holiday and Hanselman unveil the core values and ideas that unite figures from Seneca to Cato to Cicero across the centuries. Among them are the idea that self-rule is the greatest empire, that character is fate; how Stoics benefit from preparing not only for success, but failure; and to learn to love, not merely accept, the hand they are dealt in life. A treasure of valuable insights and stories, this book can be visited again and again by any reader in search of inspiration from the past.


Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; The Daily Stoic; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family.

Stephen Hanselman has worked for more than three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher, and literary agent. He is the co-author of The Daily Stoic and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he received a master's degree while also studying extensively in Harvard's philosophy department. He lives with his family in New Jersey.

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A generous gift of guidance on modern living culled from a canon of wisdom hatched long ago.

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Whether you're a lowly cubicle slave or a US Senator, this book will help you find your still center.

Quote: Gregory Hays, translator of Modern Library's edition Marcus Aurelius' Meditation

A richly rewarding spring of practical wisdom to help you focus on what's in your control, eliminate false and limiting beliefs, and take more effective action. Make The Daily Stoic your guide and you will grow in clarity, effectiveness, and serenity each day!

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