AGRS 24 :  Roman Stoicism: How to make the best of your life - 003
Course Catalog No: 32940
Dwinelle 225
Anthony Long

The Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy called Stoicism is enjoying remarkable popularity today. In this seminar, to discover why that is so, we will read and discuss some essays by the Roman Stoic authors Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. We will focus particularly on their teaching about how to manage one's emotions, and make the best of oneself in all times, good and bad. You will give an oral presentation on one of the readings, and write a two-page paper giving your own assessment of Stoicism as a way to achieve self-discipline and a meaningful life. This seminar will be accessible to students of all backgrounds, and needs no previous training from the participants. It should be of particular appeal to those with interests in philosophy, psychology and sociology. This seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series.