Category: CALENDAR

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Cicero 2023

    On December VII, 43 BCE Cicero was finally overtaken by the forces of the Second Triumvirate after being designated an enemy of the state by his bitter rival Mark Antony and his once-friend Octavian. Let’s commemorate him today with some words about his life and death. Cicero was born into rural nobility in a small…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Ludi Romani 2023

    September V marked the beginning of the most important Roman Festival of the year, Ludi Romani, in which games and plays were held in honor of the god Jupiter. It’s fitting to commemorate Musonius Rufus (c. 30–102 CE) on this day who was known as the “Roman Socrates.” For the occasion, I strongly recommend reading…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Herakleia 2023

    Augustus (or, Sextilis) XII marked the Roman Festival of Herculia which commemorated Hercules Invictus (Hercules the Victor). It corresponded with a very popular Athenian festival, Herakleia, held some day in the corresponding month of Metageitnion at the gymnasium of Cynosarges. It’s fitting to commemorate Epictetus this day for four reasons: Besides Epictetus the person, we…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Kronia 2023

    A Summer celebration of moderation, community, and freedom Today is Kronia—a holiday with no meaningful significance to any extant religious or ethnic group and, thus, ripe to be appropriated by the modern secular Stoic community. The following are a few thoughts I had on how we could observe Kronia, but also how we could observe…