A new translation of the influential teachings of the good Stoic philosopher
DESPITE BEING BORN into slavery, Greco-Roman thinker Epictetus turned essentially the most influential thinkers of his time. Discourses and chosen Writings is a transcribed selection of casual lectures given by means of the thinker round advert 108. A gateway into the existence and brain of an outstanding highbrow, it's also a major instance of using Koine or ?common? Greek, an ancestor to plain glossy Greek.
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