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The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading. The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading.


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The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading. The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading.

30 review for The Enchiridion: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kesleigh Brightlyn

    I just recently and kind of by accident got into ancient philosophy, and by chance the first philosopher I really learned about was Epictetus. He won me over & became my #1 fave philosopher with this quote: “If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.” - & otherwise, the rest of the book was well spoken, informative, and intelligent. I defini I just recently and kind of by accident got into ancient philosophy, and by chance the first philosopher I really learned about was Epictetus. He won me over & became my #1 fave philosopher with this quote: “If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.” - & otherwise, the rest of the book was well spoken, informative, and intelligent. I definitley feel like I'm a bit of a better (or at least wiser) individual after reading it. My only complaint? It's too short for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Santiago

    Easy read. Don't expect that the read will be particularly engaging or elaborate, as it's essentially a historical document (bar adaptations), and the writing style is parable focused as probably the writings were back then. In a nutshell: We become free when we don’t seek, nor seek to avoid, what we can’t control. We should focus on what’s within our own character and nothing else. Other people’s opinions, their appreciation for us, the status they may confer on us, how they may reward us, are a Easy read. Don't expect that the read will be particularly engaging or elaborate, as it's essentially a historical document (bar adaptations), and the writing style is parable focused as probably the writings were back then. In a nutshell: We become free when we don’t seek, nor seek to avoid, what we can’t control. We should focus on what’s within our own character and nothing else. Other people’s opinions, their appreciation for us, the status they may confer on us, how they may reward us, are all external and fickle. Furthermore, we become slaves to others when we place on them the power to give and remove that which we desire.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen Havermann

    Quick, useful read Quick, useful read; easy to understand, digest, and apply. More of a modern translation of the content, I think. I’d be interested in a less contemporary version also, only to see if I interpret it differently than this contemporary version.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Fox

    ** I was given this audio book for free from Audiobook Boom and the author, James Harris for an honest review** Title: The Enchiridion: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader Author: Epictetus Translator/Author: James Harris Narrator: Jason Sprenger Length: 46 mins Publisher: James Harris Date: 6-16-2017 The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been ** I was given this audio book for free from Audiobook Boom and the author, James Harris for an honest review** Title: The Enchiridion: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader Author: Epictetus Translator/Author: James Harris Narrator: Jason Sprenger Length: 46 mins Publisher: James Harris Date: 6-16-2017 The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy listening. Having already listened to another audio book version of The Enchiridion I have to say that even though I did enjoy listening to that version, I enjoyed this one better. Mostly James Harris's adaptation of the original works, makes for a smoother understand of the topics. The over all message wasn't lost in the words trying to describe them. With this modern twist anyone can listen to this and understand what Epictetus was trying to say. Jason Sprenger does an amazing job of narrating. This comes across more as a grand speech than a philosophic manual of how to live, which is a complement. I have come across so many classic novels turned into audio books and the person reading them makes them into a boring lecture or tries way to hard to give an impression of the author. Sprenger gives this modern twist just the right amount of enthusiasm to keep you entertained. If you would like to understand The Enchiridion or want to try and apply it to your modern life currently, then this adapted work by James Harris is a must add to your audio book library.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David Hyder

    Simple Terms I have been exploring the Stoics in this season. Between Covid, heart surgery and getting laid off I need some vision of how to proceed and understand my life.

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