Stoic Meditations

Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at https://massimopigliucci.com. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support

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Clemency helps the innocent and the virtuous


Seneca makes an argument in favor of a broad conception of clemency, not just on behalf of the guilty, but of the innocent and the virtuous. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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Is Nero going to "forget" his character?


Seneca flatters Nero at the same time as he issues veiled threats to the new emperor, in case he steers from the right path. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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Seneca offers himself as a mirror for Nero's soul


We begin the study of the controversial On Clemency, through which Seneca tried to steer Nero's course for the good of the Roman people. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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Overcome your fear of death and you will be free and powerful


Epictetus and Seneca agree: our own death is the ultimate test of our character, and philosophy is a long journey to prepare us for it. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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What is and is not up to us


'What then, if I fall ill?' You shall bear illness well. 'Who shall tend me?' God, and your friends. 'I shall lie on a hard bed.' But you can do it like a man. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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Consider how much control you have, and what follows from that


When you think about it, it turns out that we have far less control over things and people than we think, and therefore far less blame. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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You can get better immediately, it's up to you


Epictetus says that our moral improvement is not like the Olympic Games: when we fail, we can resume immediately, not having to wait four years. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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If you are in Gyara, live as one who is in Gyara


Epictetus advises us to live the life we have, in the place we are, rather than indulge in regret for what we may have lost. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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How to practice and what to practice


Epictetus gives us a very practical pointer about how to incorporate Stoic precepts in our lives. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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Do not wish for figs in winter


There is a proper time for everything, including enjoying your loved ones. Keep it in mind, before they're gone. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support


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