Review by Choice Review
Brennan (Northwestern) offers another contribution to the enlarging contemporary study of ancient Stoicism. His account differs from most recent studies by focusing on a detailed description (theoretical and practical) of the kind of life (intellectual and moral) that a person who might be interested in the pursuit of Stoicism would choose to live. Written in an informal style, the book does not get bogged down in scholarly debate and minutia, yet it exhibits a high level of scholarship with all the appropriate references and knowledge of the best current literature and the ancient sources. Each chapter is followed by annotated suggestions for further reading. Of the several recent books on Stoicism, this has become a personal favorite of this reviewer's by inviting the reader to take up, even if only temporarily, the Stoic life, and by offering a detailed description of how to do this and a compelling argument as to the benefit--with both description and argument coming from the ancient Stoics themselves. Brennan's book is an unusual specimen: a scholarly book that is hard to put down. Excellent bibliography and good index. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. P. A. Streveler emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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