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EPICTETUS
Enchiridion, et Cebetis Tabula
Ex Officina Plantiniana Raphelengii, Leiden, 1616. 64mo, text 7.1cm x 4.4cm (2.8" x 1.7") pp. 247, [9]. Greek and Roman letter, single column parallel text within double-fillet border, including final blanks; decorative piece on title, paper very slightly yellowed. A very good copy in contemporary plain vellum, yapp edges, blind-tooled double-fillet border, a.e.r. On recto of front endpaper, contemporary ms ex libris of ‘Justi Boelij’ and his quotation from St Augustine of Hippo, De Doctrina Christiana. A charming miniature edition of these two influential texts, forming a rare pocket-sized guide to life for any philosopher. Epictetus was a Stoic, who came to Rome as a slave and there studied philosophy under Musonius Rufus before his manumission. Banished by Domitian, he went to Epirus and opened his own philosophical school, which swiftly attracted pupils. His Enchiridion, here with a facing Latin translation, was a manual of Stoic ethics compiled by Epictetus’ most famous pupil, Flavius Arrian. In the Enchiridion, or ‘handbook’, Arrian distills the ideas of Epictetus’ Discourses and applies the Stoic precepts to daily life – it is appropriate that this text should be printed in so portable a form; a pocket reference work on dealing with life’s tribulations. For such a small text, by such a minor philosopher, the Enchiridion had a major impact. Popular amongst Christians and pagans alike, it was revived after its translation into Latin by Poliziano, published in 1497, and became exceptionally widely read. The Cebetis Tabula, often printed with the Enchiridion, is an exten … [Click Below for Full Description]
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