Tag: Stoicism

  • 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…

  • STOIC CALENDAR: Seneca 2023

    Commemorating Progress On the 19th of Aprilis (or, as Nero demanded it be called, Neroneus) in 65 CE, a plot to assassinate Nero was foiled and Seneca was implicated along with many others. The emperor’s forces found him at a villa on the outskirts of Rome and interrogated him about a cryptic remark he made…

  • FALL 2019 BLOG SERIES

    Hello fellow Cosmopolites For those that aren’t aware, I’m an instructor at CSUN and SFSU. I’ve been busy this past July and August teaching an accelerated online course and preparing for the Fall semester (thus, I have been less active with lastoics.com). But I’ve been devising some EXCITING plans for the Fall that I think…