Epictetus, Discourses, Books 1-2

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Introduction

Slave, poor as Irus, halting as I trod, I, Epictetus, was the friend of God1

Epictetus was a slave woman’s son, and for many years a slave himself.2 The tone and temper of his whole life were determined thereby. An all-engulfing passion for independence

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