Epicteti Enchiridion Made English, 1697 3rd Edition

Epicteti Enchiridion Made English, 1697 3rd Edition

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Epicteti Enchiridion Made English, 1697 3rd Edition

By Arrian

Translated By Walker Ellis

The First English Translation Done of the Influential Stoic Work

Printed In London For Samuel Keble And Roger Clavel

The Volume is in Good Condition Bound in full cambridge style paneled English calf, with the board edge blind tooled: externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with the front board curled somewhat, holding by a small bit of hinge, and with the spine chipped and peeled significantly, with the board corners bumped. Internally the leaves are generally clean and well margined, with mild marginal toning, some occasional mild foxing, and with some mild staining, some creasing and small marginal tears.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects With the Frontispiece Engraving and dedicatory poems in the preliminaries. See below for pagination & dimensions.


Frontispiece and Title - Epicteti Enchiridion Made English, 1697 3rd Edition

Epictetuswas a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey) and lived in Rome until his banishment, when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece for the rest of his life. His teachings were written down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses and Enchiridion. Arrian argued these lessons should be considered comparable to the Socratic literature. Arrian describes Epictetus as being a powerful speaker who could “induce his listener to feel just what Epictetus wanted him to feel.” Many eminent figures sought conversations with him. Emperor Hadrian was friendly with him, and may have listened to him speak at his school in Nicopolis. Both the Discourses and the Enchiridion begin by distinguishing between those things in our power (prohairetic things) and those things not in our power (aprohairetic things). The determination between what is good and what is not good is made by the capacity for choice (prohairesis). Prohairesis allows us to act, and gives us the kind of freedom that only rational animals have. It is determined by our reason, which of all our faculties, sees and tests itself and everything else. It is the correct use of the impressions (phantasia) that bombard the mind that is in our power.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [xxxii], 93, [iii]. The volume collates as follows: A, b6, c4, B-I6, K2. The volume measures about 15 cm. By 8.5 cm. By 1.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 145 mm. By 85 mm.

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