Stoicism resources

Stoicism is a Hellenistic philosophy that was started by a philosopher called Zeno of Citium around 300 BCE. Although not many Stoic writings have survived, we are lucky enough to have a few books of Stoic wisdom that survived to our time.

Apart from writings by the ancient Stoics, there is a growing number of books, blogs, podcasts, and other materials produced by modern Stoics. Below you’ll find some of the best materials to gain a deep understanding of Stoicism.

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Introductions to Stoicism

The Stoic Handbook by Erik Weigardt
Erik is the founder of The College of Stoic Philosophers and has written this great introduction to Stoicism to help new Stoic students hit the ground running. The Handbook is available for free in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats.

Marcus Aurelius and the history and meaning of Stoicism by Michael Sugrue
Marcus Aurelius’s writings are a great testament of Stoic journaling and how applying Stoic techniques can create an incredible internal calmness. This ˜40 minute talk gives you all the background you need to appreciate Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations even more.

Stoicism 101 by Massimo Pigliucci
Massimo Pigliucci is an important voice in the modern Stoic community, and has produced lots of useful materials for people new to Stoicism. In this engaging talk, Massimo outlines the most important concepts in Stoicism, and teaches how to apply them in life.

Blogs on Stoicism

The brothers Nils and Jonas have rapidly become important teachers of Stoicism. On their blog they write about a variety of philosophies and “life hacks”, and they’ve shown to clearly grasp what Stoicism is about. Jonas is also the author of the outstanding introduction to Stoicism called The Little Book of Stoicism.

Traditional Stoicism
Most people new to Stoicism only learn about the interpretation of Stoicism by modern Stoics. Chris Fisher’s blog Traditional Stoicism is an important resource for those interested in Stoicism as a spiritual practice.

An increasing number of practicing Stoics identify as traditional Stoics, because they find the atheist explanation given by many modern Stoics to take away from the philosophy as it was intended.

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
Donald Robertson is an important voice in the modern Stoicism community, and has done a lot of work to popularize the philosophy. He has written books like Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and his most recent masterpiece How to Think Like a Roman Emperor.

Apart from being a philosopher, Donald is also a licensed therapist specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a science-backed method to help people reduce anxiety and depression (among other things), and many of the theories and exercises used by CBT practitioners can be traced back to Stoicism.

Immoderate Stoic

Mountain Stoic

Podcasts on Stoicism

The Sunday Stoic
Steve Karafit’s podcast is by far my favorite Stoic resource. He started producing episodes after just discovering Stoicism, and has been logging his progress as a practitioner for years now. What he learns he teaches, and he is an excellent teacher. A must listen!

Stoicism on Fire
This is Chris Fisher’s podcast, the same guy behind Traditional Stoicism. There are not many Traditional Stoic voice out there, but Chris is the best teacher you can wish. He produces episodes, which are built up almost like a course.

Books on Stoicism

Modern translations of ancient Stoic texts

Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius (translated by Gregory Hays)
There are many translations of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, and you can find the majority of them online for free. But if you want to have an edition that you as a modern human being can easily understand, my recommendation is to go for Gregory Hays’s excellent modern translation.

Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (translated by Margaret Graver and A.A. Long)
There are few complete and modern translations of Seneca’s moral letters to Lucilius, but you don’t need any other than this great translation by modern Stoic experts Margaret Graver and A.A. Long.

There are few complete and modern translations of Seneca’s moral letters to Lucilius, but you don’t need any other than this great translation by modern Stoic experts Margaret Graver and A.A. Long.

Stoicism books for beginners

The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness by Jonas Salzgeber
Jonas maintains (together with his brother Nils) the excellent blog NJlifehacks, which centers around the question: “How do you become the best version of yourself?” Apart from having a lot of insightful material on Stoicism, Jonas and Nils are also interested in meditation and other methods to build mental and physical resilience.

The Little Book of Stoicism is in my opinion the absolute best introduction to Stoicism for beginners. It draws on many respected sources in the Stoic and academic community, but presents the Stoic system in a way that is unmatched. Even after practicing Stoicism for over three years (in which I read countless books and academic papers on the philosophy), I found some nuggets in this book. Just reading it is a Stoic meditation in itself, and the part with Stoic exercises alone make the book worth its money.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life by Massimo Pigliucci

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson

Stoicism books for advanced students

The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy by Donald Robertson
One of the awesome things about Stoicism is that it stood the test of time and its principles have been incorporated in modern psychotherapies. One of these therapies that draw on Stoic techniques is CBT.

Donald Robertson is one of the leading modern Stoics, and actively helps people deal with mentel healt hissues through Stoicism and CBT. This book outlines the strong foundations of CBT and REBT (another therapy based on Stoic or other ancient philosophical principles), and how it ties together with Stoicism.