Born In: Hierapolis Ancient City, Turkey
Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher, remembered for teaching philosophy not merely as a theoretical discipline, but as a way of life. According him, one should dispassionately accept whatever happens because external occurring is beyond our control, but our thoughts and actions are. Possibly born into slavery, he spent a significant part of his early years working as a slave under Nero’s secretary, Epaphroditus, studying with his permission with Stoic philosopher Gaius Musonius Rufus. Later, on being set free, he started teaching in Rome, eventually moving to Nicopolis after being banished from the city by Emperor Domitian. Here, he started a school, teaching Stoic Philosophy, which was more practical than theoretical, urging his students to focus attention on their opinions, anxieties, passions and desires. According to his most celebrated student, Arrian of Nicomedia, he was a powerful speaker, who could greatly influence his audience. Many important personalities of the day came to hear him speak. He died in Nicopolis around the age of 80.