The Manual: A Philosopher's Guide to Life (Stoic Philosophy Book 1)

The Manual: A Philosopher's Guide to Life (Stoic Philosophy Book 1)

Life's Missing Instruction Manual 

Epictetus (c. 50-135 CE) was brought as a slave to Rome, where he became a great teacher, deeply influencing the future emperor Marcus Aurelius among many others. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical--aimed at relieving human suffering here and now.

And Epictetus knew suffering. Besides being a former slave, he was lame in one leg and walked with a crutch. After a decade of teaching in Rome, he was banished by Emperor Domitian; undaunted, he established a school in Greece.  

The Manual is a collection of Epictetus' essential teachings and pithy sayings, compiled by his closet student. It is the most accessible and actionable guide to Stoic philosophy, as relevant today as it was in the Roman Empire.

This new edition is rendered in contemporary English, with a foreword, by Sam Torode. A companion volume,  The Meditations: An Emperor's Guide to Mastery by Marcus Aurelius, is also available from Ancient Renewal. 

The Kindle e-book is FREE when you buy the paperback. 

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  • Solon

    A Wonderful TranslationI'm a sucker for plainly written translations, and this exceeds expectations. As for the content, while you probably won't agree with every maxim (I didn't), there's no question...

  • C. L. Kay

    Very quick and easy to read--nuggets of wisdom.I finished the text in under 30 minutes but each but if wisdom requires deep contemplation and inner work. An interesting ancient perspective that still ...

  • Kevin

    There are a whole bunch of short translations of the Enchiridion, and this is one of them. I can't really recommend one over the others, so I'd say get a bunch of them and read 'em all (they're cheap)...

  • Anamika Gioia

    A simple, quick and easy to read translation of The Manual by Epictetus. This book is full of philosophical principals that I would like to live my life by. I have highlights on almost every page of t...

  • Philipp

    A quick read, a reader's digest of Epictetus writings, the 'main points' taken out and put into very short chapters you can print in a calendar. If you're after the life advice portion, and only that ...

  • Alexandru Somesan

    Now, this was a short book, I finished it in 30 minutes! The book cover is misleading: it's not a compilation of passages of Epictetus, it's a rewriting of his ideas entirely in Sam Torode's words, ba...

  • Kari

    I finally understand the guy who calls everyone normies Honestly it wasn't bad although there was actually a lot I did not agree with. This took me a while to read despite being short. It was a bit ju...

  • Ben Ostrowsky

    Short and to the point. Truly one of the wisest Vulcans ever born on Earth....

  • Isil Arican

    One of the books that was on my reading list for a while, and I am not impressed.It was not bad, and probably was a very good book for its time considering it was written around 100 CE. However, I cou...

  • Danielle Grant

    ExcellentExcellent, concise guide for living. Great introduction to writings of Epictetus, and to Stoic philosophy. Every maxim may not apply to all individuals, but regardless of personal beliefs, on...