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Epictetus: A Biography

Born a slave, Epictetus settled in Rome until the emperor Domitian banished philosophers. While a slave, Epictetus attended lectures from Musonius Rufus. Finding himself in Greece, Epictetus established a school where students eagerly awaited to hear him lecture; unfortunately, Epictetus never wrote anything down, however, his student, Arrian, did. Arrian gifts us with the words of Epictetus, today we know these books as the Discourses and the Enchiridion (the manual). Though he was born into slavery, the words recorded by Arrian show us that Epictetus was never a slave; rather, his body was.