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Epictetus  : 

'[Garratt] spent his free evenings in Birmingham's Central Free Library reading Homer, Epitectus, Longius and Plato's Dialogues, a classical education which further undemined his confidence in the status quo: "I began to wonder in what way we had advanced from the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome". In the First World War, he took Palgrave's Golden Treasury with him to France and wrote his own verses in the trenches'..

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: V.W. Garratt      Print: Book


Epictetus  : 

"Deist" and "heathen" authors studied by the young Frances Power Cobbe: "Gibbon, Hume, Tindal, Collins, and Voltaire ... Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Plutarch's Moralia, Xenophon's Memorabilia, and a little Plato."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Epictetus  : Ode

[Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 6 January 1760, following illness:] 'Now I am well [...] as my mornings are engaged by exercise, I am glad enough in the evening of two or three solitary hours to read and write. Indeed I have seldom so much, for we are only admitted into the study between eight and nine [...] I was sadly reduced too for want of books -- I supplied that want by reading Epictetus. A thousand thanks to you for the treasure! Though the good old man continually vexed me with his half right notions, and I longed to talk with him and set him right on a thousand points. The sweet Ode I read with a higher admiration than ever, and to do it true justice cried over it very heartily, and yet on the whole found my mind relieved and my spirits the better for it.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Catherine Talbot      Print: Book


Epictetus  : 

[Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 22 September 1763:] 'The sickliness of the season has a little affected us here [...] to be sure I was unhappy enough. My mother laid open some useful pages of your Epictetus, and I read them with profit. How shall I thank you for them?'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Catherine Talbot      Print: Book


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