Getting ready.

I’m not at home at the moment, so if I want to refer to the Stoic authors in the next week, it will have to be the e-book editions on my iPad.

I have two e-book translations of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, a Modern Library edition by Gregory Hays, and a free Kindle edition  by an unknown translator.  My hard-copy that I use at home is also Gregory Hays.  The Penguin Classics edition is by Diskin Clay, and I’d recommend that too; it has a very interesting introduction on Stoicism. I haven’t tried comparing the Hays and Clay translations, but a classicist told me recently that he thinks the Hays version is particularly beautiful, and I enjoy reading it. The free, anonymous Kindle translation  is dreadful, full of thees and thous and mangled language.

The edition of Epictetus’s Enchiridion that I have on my iPad, published by First Start, is also by an unnamed translator (which is a bit mean of the publishers, given the 2012 copyright), but it seems OK. At home my hard copy is the Loeb Classical Library edition of the Discourses and Handbook, translator WA Oldfather. There are more modern translations available.  Later today I might have a look on Amazon and choose a new edition to download for Stoic Week.

I’ve not read as much of Seneca as I have of Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus.  At home we have an old Penguin Classics edition of Letters from a Stoic.  I can’t remember the name of the translator, but I’m sure there are more modern editions.  A while ago I downloaded Seneca’s complete works: Anger Mercy Revenge translated by Robert E Kastner and Martha Nussbaum, but I haven’t read any of it yet, so that’s another project for this week.

I also have some fragments of Posidonius on my laptop that I’ve gleaned from I G Kidd’s translation (Cambridge University Press).

The other classical author I might refer to in the next week is Cicero.  I’ve got an e-book copy of On the Good Life translated by Michael Grant (Penguin Books). When I’ve read Cicero in the last couple of years, it has been for inspiration for my novel — he was a pupil of Posidonius and they corresponded.

What I haven’t got with me are any of the modern books on Stoicism, such as Nussbaum’s Therapy or Lawrence C Becker.  Those two I have read, and John Sellars’ Stoicism, but I don’t think I’ll want to refer to them in Stoic Week.

After I’d published this post I noticed my earlier post when I said I’d downloaded From Greeks to Geeks, and I was going to download Sellars’ The Art of Living. But I can’t find them on my iPad, so if I had them they can’t have got transferred from my old Kindle.

PS:  I forgot that I have also got Stoic Spiritual Exercises by Elen Buzaré.  I read about this book on the Stoicism Today blog, and it arrived just before I left Canada for the UK.  I popped it in my suitcase, but haven’t looked at it yet.

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