I have compiled the following questions for Epictetus after reading A.A. Long's Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life and a number of other blurbs, introductions, and synopses. Hopefully, the answers that will be posted by myself or others, will help those on the group understand a little more of the man behind the philosophy.
Q. Epictetus, is that story about your leg really true? In some ways, you are larger than legend.
Q. Some people call you a philosopher - how do you feel about it?
Q. Why don't you write anything down?
Q. Who are the poeple that have influenced you the most?
Q. Why do you disagree so sharply with the Skeptics and the Epicureans, you never seem to give them even the slightest compliment?
Q. You claim Socrates , along with Diogenes, as fellow-stoics. How do you justify that claim?
Q. What should we learn from Socrates?
Q. Are you a pantheist or a theist? I'm confused.
Q. Why do you always talk about God in the singular, when you believe in all the Greek gods?
Q. You have a lot of verbage that is similar to Christians, have you read any of their writings?
Q. How often do you bathe?
Q. Did you meet Seneca when you were young? He did have any influence on you?
Q. What do you think about suicide?
Q. What do you think of Arrian's writings? Do they accurately represent what you really teach?
Q. You claim you are a stoic, you don't disagree with their world-view, do you? I'm a little unclear because of some of the statements you have made.
Q. What about stoic cosmology and the final conflagration?
Q. What about free will? It's antithetical to Stoic's concept of god and the world.
Q. What do you thing is the failing of stoics in the past?
Q. Do you teach you students logic, syllogisms, proofs and such? Those are the stock tools of stoic education, are they not?
Q. Are there any fruitless excercises you see your students do?
Q. Why do you focus so much on 'ethics.?
Q. What do you think of other religions?
Q. Where is God? Can I become a god?
Q. What methods do you use in your teaching?
Q. Why do you talk in metaphors so much, rather than the exact terms of stoiicsm?
Q. If there were three words that sum up your philosophy, what would they be?
Q. What do you mean we are citizens of the world? Where is your individualism?
Q. There are some of your writings that are not very fun to read -- why did you include them in your teaching?
Q. What is the first lesson one should learn when studying philosophy? What is the second?
Q. What do you think of people who 'wear their emotions on their sleeve'?
Q. Can someone be 'happy' and 'moral' at the same time?
Q. What do you think the first duty for a person is?
Q. Why don't you talk about government, taxes and politics?
Q. Did Arrian leave something out of the Enchiridion?
Q. How do you see your contribution to Stoic philosophy. Did you bring anything new to the table?