Epictetus was a stoic philosopher who
lived in the first century A.D. He was born in Asia Minor. He
was a slave that gained his freedom and lived and taught in the city of Rome
until A.D. 89 when the emperor Domitian expelled all the philosophers.
He spent the remainder of his life teaching in the city of Nicopolis in
He believed and taught that we should be happy with the way
events occur in our life. He felt that a divine providence governs our
life and events occur for a reason that our beyond our understanding.
Everything that occurs in our life he said occurs for a reason even if it
does not appear so at the time. In fact, even if the worst occurs it
occurs for the best even if we do not feel like this at the
He believed that we should not try to control events but
rather that we should accept them, and then go on with our lives. To
him only the ignorant and foolish could not accept events which were clearly
beyond their control. He was a true Stoic, and believed that all
should face misfortunes no matter how bad they possibly could be with