How to practice Stoicism with Epictetus

[image: Eighteenth century engraving of Epictetus, Wikipedia; this is essay #314 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

There are different ways to understand Stoic theory, and different ways to be a practicing Stoic. Just like there are different ways of being a Christian, or a Buddhist. In fact, the ancient Stoics disagreed among themselves on a number of points, as it becomes clear by reading book VII of Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of the Eminent Philosophers. Moreover, Seneca says that our predecessors are our teachers, not our masters…