Beginning in the third century BCE, stoicism developed originally from its cynic roots into a fully-fledged philosophical school. It came to dominate late Hellenistic thought and the early Roman Empire. Its texts accessible and compelling even to the lay audience the stoics have seen a re-emergence in the 20th and 21st centuries as people once again look to writers such as Seneca and Marcus Aurelius for advice on a life lived ‘in accordance with nature.’

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