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Stoicism

Good, basic books on Stoic philosophy. The focus here is on: a) a few writers who have interpreted Stoic philosophy for modern audiences, b) the surviving Greco-Roman texts, and c) a couple of biographies. Unfortunately, I've yet to find a good biography of Marcus Aurelius; let me know if you've found one! The links here all go to Goodreads and, for the ancient texts, to the translations/editions I recommend. By the way, not one of these books is in the Coquitlam Library system!

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William B. Irvine. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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This was THE original book on the modern interpretation of Stoicism. Still a go-to text.

Donald J. Robertson. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

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Don Robertson is a cognitive behavioural therapist who lives in Nova Scotia. He provides many useful insights and tons of practical advice on how to link personal growth, psychotherapy, and Stoic philosophy.

Massimo Pigliucci. How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life

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Massimo teaches philosophy in New York City. He is a good interpreter of classical Stoic writings for modern audiences, but he sticks for the most part with a philosophical perspective and is a bit less practically oriented than Irvine or Robertson

Musonius Rufus. Lectures and Sayings

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Musonius Rufus was Epictetus' teacher. A small amount of what he said (he didn't write things down) was recorded by one of his pupils.

Epictetus. Discourses, Fragments, Handbook

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A classic Greco-Roman text on Stoicism, also made up notes taken by Arrian, one of his students.

Marcus Aurelius Meditations

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A core text of Greco-Roman Stoic philosophy

Seneca the Younger. Moral Letters to Lucilius

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A classic of Roman Stoic Philosophy

Seneca the Younger. Dialogues and Essays

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A good selection of Seneca's Essays and Dialogues

Cicero. On Moral Ends

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Cicero was not a Stoic, but he knew Stoic philosophy well and this provides a good overview of Stoic morality. You could also look at his On Duties, and Tusculan Disputations.

Diogenes Laertius. Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, Volume Two

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The works of the old, original Greek Stoic philosophers are lost. Laertius collected what was available in about 200 AD into this book. See this volume for what is known of the works of Zeno, Cleanthes, and Chrysippus.

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni. Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar

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Cato wrote nothing about Stoicism, but he was considered by Romans to have lived the epitome of the Stoic life. A good modern biography showing both his admirable and his less admirable personal characteristics.

James Romm. Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero.

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A good, accessible biography of the Stoic philosopher Seneca the Younger, who had the unenviable job of being a teacher and advisor to the abominable Emperor Nero.