Philosophy of Epictetus: Golden Sayings and Fragments
In this collection of two brief but highly influential works, Epictetus' Stoic philosophy addresses the nature of fate and man's place in the universe. The philosopher also explores the distinction between what is and is not within our power, the meaning of good and evil, how we should live, the importance of self-knowledge, and many other issues.
Born a slave in Phyrgia (now part of Turkey), Epictetus (A.D. 55-135) was a leading thinker of the Stoic school of philosophy. He lived in Rome and upon obtaining his freedom, moved to Greece, where he taught philosophy and his students recorded his teachings.