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The Slave and the Emperor: Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius on Power and the Good Life

The Saint Katherine College Forum

St. Katherine College, the first ever Orthodox college of the liberal arts and sciences, is pleased to present the following speeches from its lecture series titled “The St. Katherine College Forum.” Recorded on the campus of St. Katherine’s in San Diego, California, the series is open to the public and features a wide array of speakers from the college and elsewhere.

October 2012

The Slave and the Emperor: Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius on Power and the Good Life

How could a slave and a Roman emperor possibly agree about the nature of the good life? In this lecture, Dr. Robert Thomas Llizo of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University explains how the shared Stoic philosophy of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius shaped their thinking about what it means to live a good life, and how the Stoic teaching about power and human corruption might cause us to rethink our assumptions about the corrupting effects of power.

October 15, 2012 Length: 59:03

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