Unearthing The Tone Of Voice And Philosophy Of Epictetus

Tone of voice is a powerful writing tool. It’s the building blocks of how ideas are shared, how information is digested. Ancient philosophers had their own unique tone of voice for connecting with their students and Epictetus stands out.

Stoic philosopher, teacher and slave, Epictetus’ work has influenced countless generations and his tone of voice comes to life in the pages of The Discourses and Enchiridion.

It’s worth noting Epictetus didn’t write down his teachings. Instead, they were recorded by his student Arrian. I’ve set out to deconstruct Epictetus’ voice across language, cadence and tone and unearth his philosophical style.

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Stoic Parenting, Transcendence And Being A Citizen Of The World With Brittany Polat

What does it mean to be a good parent in the philosophical sense? What does it mean to transcend in the way that Viktor Frankl envisioned after surviving the Holocaust? How can you learn to care wisely as the ancient Stoics intended?

These disparate questions have a common thread. Brittany Polat. An author, PhD holder and mental health advocate, Brittany has amazing insight into Stoic philosophy and it was wonderful to chat to her about how to build a path to eudaimonia (flourishing).

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Michael Tremblay On Epictetus And The Stoic Joy Of Exercise

In the school of Stoicism, the three most famous figures are usually cited as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus. While Marcus and Seneca climbed to the summit of Roman society, Epictetus came from a world of slaves and unknowns and turned Stoicism into a way of life for himself and his students.

There’s a lot of great information out there on Epictetus and Michael Tremblay is keen to add to the conversation. In this interview, Michael dives into looking at Epictetus through a new lens, the joys of Stoic exercise and tackling how to be a philosophical consultant.

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Flip The Switch Workshop Review: 5 Awesome Tips For Setting Up Your Freelance Copywriting Business

If you’re a copywriter like me or someone who’s thinking of writing professionally, it’s easy to think of yourself as just a writer. You’re not. You’re a business owner. Someone who’s got to think about marketing, accounting, networking, partnering and all the other stuff business owners have to do to pay the bills.

Shifting your mindset from writer to writer AND business owner was the topic of The Copywriting Club’s Flip The Switch webinar. Hosted by Rob Marsh and Kira Hug, the webinar went over five critical moves you need to make to build a successful copywriting business.

Great advice and great writing philosophy followed.

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The Dichotomy Of Mental Health And Graphic Design With Caitlin McEvoy

Graphic design, like all forms of creativity, is a subjective experience viewed through multiple perspectives. For Caitlin McEvoy, it’s a source of positive mental health, therapy and an opportunity to flex her creative muscles.

Stoic Athenaeum spoke to Caitlin about her freelance experiences, the nature of creativity and mental health and her personal philosophy.

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How To Network Like Panaetius

Networking is an inevitable part of life. Sooner or later you will be called to network to build your business, connect with others to share your ideas, speak to friends and form communities that reflect your values.

In the context of business networking, there’s the myth of the self-made person who confidently strolls into an event and gains leads effortlessly. That all successes are down to an individual’s actions, amazing talent, intelligence and relentless drive.

I don’t believe anyone is self-made and neither did Panaetius of Rhodes. Stoic philosopher, master connector and politician, Panaetius was one of the greatest networkers of his day and there’s a lot of insight to be gained in how to connect with people across all mediums.

So, let’s find out what the seventh leader of the Stoic school has to teach us about networking.

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Mel Lee-Smith On The Balancing Act Of Writing And Mental Health

Freelancing is an industry of perspectives. The story of every freelancer is unique and each person brings something new to the conversation. Hearing these unique stories and sharing the wisdom and philosophy of freelance creativity is a big part of Stoic Athenaeum and it was wonderful to speak to Mel Lee-Smith about her experiences.

A freelance copywriter, Mel speaks openly about her battles with mental health, her approach to freelance writing and why output doesn’t determine your worth as a person. 

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A Stoic’s Guide To Content Marketing Reveals How To Use Stoicism To Become A Better Content Writer

Philosophy is timeless. What began in the marketplaces, streets forums and public offices of the ancient world has branched out into multiple mediums. Our search for meaning has taken us into the digital arena, eager to share our personal philosophies with new audiences, followers and customers.

Like the crowds who attended the Coliseum in the days of ancient Rome, these audiences are hungry for excitement, education and entertainment. They want to know what brands stand for, how their problems can be solved, how they can live a better life and content marketing has become a new type of philosophy for the modern era.

As a content marketer, I love using philosophy to help me better understand myself and my work. Stoicism has been integral to that understanding and a Stoic’s Guide to Content Marketing puts philosophy-led content writing into practice.

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Appreciating The Little Things With Sei Shōnagon

Throughout Japanese history, powerful women have been at the centre of the culture, constantly defying the odds and carving out a name to be remembered. From Tomoe Gozen to Masami Odate, Japanese women have picked up swords and thrown themselves into fights on their personal journeys to define who they are. 

Not every woman has needed to pick up a weapon. In the case of Sei Shōnagon, she created a legacy by picking up the pen. A writer, philosopher and courtly woman of intrigue, Shōnagon’s story is a fascinating tale of how to appreciate the small things in life.

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The Inner Citadel

An endless pursuit

Dogged by uncertainties

The everyday

Hopes and dreams we grasp for

Out of reach, fingertips away

Empty glories built on sand

A vast kingdom to have no kingdom

A kingdom of the soul

A citadel

Glittering with good character

To reflect on the riches you give others

Not a throne of retreat

A waystation to action

Transmuting words into works

Forging a road to the good life