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The Stoic Reading List

Stoicism is perhaps the only “philosophy” where the original, primary texts are actually cleaner and easier to read than any- thing academics have written afterward. Which is awesome because it means you can dive into the subject and go straight to the source.

The Stoic Reading List

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If you're only going to read one, read this one:

1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

I loved this book. I had read it before but it wasn’t the Hays translation, which made a world of difference for me.

There is one translation of Marcus Aurelius to read and that is Gregory Hays’s amazing edition for the Modern Library. Everything else falls sadly short. His version is completely devoid of any “thou’s” “arts” “shalls.” It’s beautiful and haunting. I’ve recommended this book to literally thousands of people at this point. Buy it. Change your life.

Shane's list is intensive and extensive: