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Epictetus
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Epictetus was born circa 50 CE in Hierapolis in southern Phrygia, possibly as the son of a slave mother. At an unknown date he moved to Rome, where he became a slave in the household of Nero’s freedman Epaphroditus. Still a slave, he attended the lectures of the Stoic philosopher Musonius Rufus. When Domitian expelled all philosophers from Rome circa 93 CE, he went to Nicopolis in Epirus, where he founded a school. He is said to have met the emp…

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Boter, Gerard, “Epictetus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00001085>
First published online: 2018



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