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Epictetus' Enchiridion (English translation)

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English translation of Enchiridion (The Handbook) translated by Elizabeth Carter.

The Enchiridion, or Handbook of Epictetus, often shortened to simply “The Handbook,” is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by Arrian, who had been a pupil of Epictetus at the beginning of the 2nd century.  The Enchiridion was originally included in Arrian’s Discourses of Epictetus which consisted of eight books, but only four now remain in their entirety, along with a few fragments of the others.  The books did not have a formal title in ancient times.

The Discourses were first printed (in Greek) in 1535.  The first English translation did not appear until 1758 with the appearance of Elizabeth Carter’s translation.

Although the content of The Handbook is derived from the Discourses of Epictetus, it is not a summary of The Discourses, but rather it is a compilation of practical precepts. The Handbook is a manual of practical ethical advice from the Stoic philosopher.  Written in koine Greek and widely adopted in the early Church, it provides a background to the language and culture of the Church Fathers.

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Works of Epictetus
English Translation from Epictetus in English, based on All the Works of Epictetus
• Translator: Elizabeth Carter (1758)
• Editor: Rex A. Koivisto

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