- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 24, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415324521
- ISBN-13: 978-0415324526
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Epictetus’ Handbook and the Tablet of Cebes: Guides to Stoic Living 1st Edition
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The size, font size, font type, and organization of the book lend to its ease of use. The author comments and explains after every chapter of the handbook with references to other sources on Stoicism. This amounts to a solid course in Stoicism, not only Epictetus, by the time one is finished. The commentary starts by highlighting key terms in each chapter and this plus the glossary are worth the price of the book alone (not that expensive either). This is one of the reasons I constantly refer to it; I can find a term in either its Greek or English spelling, its meaning, and related terms all very quickly by flipping a few pages. Of course there is a lengthy solid bibliography as warrants any scholarly work.
High praise for this and other books on ancient philosophy by Keith Seddon in the same format giving professional insight into a technical subject that is accessible for the rest of us.
In short, the writing is about an ancient portrayal of human existence and its trials and/or growth cycles. It is my belief that it was written by a Socratic follower, but those same ideas far precede the writer and even Socrates.
There are a handful of decent books out there about the Tablet of Cebes, but this version is probably the easiest to comprehend.
The Tablet of Cebes also says a great deal about education and what it really is or should be. Our current educational institutions would be wise to consider what the ancients had to say about True Education, but--alas--I'm afraid it will be a long-long while before that happens (if it happens).
The author's diligence in referencing is almost unbelievable. His dedication and obvious love of Stoicism is almost unbelievable. I could live with these two books and two others for a decade...or two or three. The commentaries and analysis of this book really, really make real the possibility of living the philosophy daily.
And that's exactly what I want. To practice it. I'm a beginner who's been practicing for quite some time and I'll always be a beginner. And that's absolutely okay. Even to practice a bit of this brings MORE inner peace, equanimity and balance. The key, of course, IS practice.
The book brings to the handbook the ways and means of practicing what Epictetus taught. Many passages in it led me to ways of actually doing that. I consider "The Art Of Living" to be a prescription and the author's book to be HOW to apply the prescription.
I don't know if I should reference another book, but I think "A Guide To The Good Life"
by Irvine and these two books of Kieth Seddon's and Seneca's letters are just about all one would need--along with the desire--to practice Stoicism DAILY. 50 stars.
Hey! When you are at it! Why not become a stoic philsopher and thrill and confuse your enemies?! Look at Dr. Kieth Seddon's course on Stoic serenity buy and work through that book and THEN... buy this book! Great STUFF!!!
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emglish translation--so it as uselesss to me.