An Introduction to Stoicism

Stoicism is a philosophical school founded in Hellenistic Greece and later embraced in Rome by prominent figures such as Seneca and Marcus Aurelius.

Contrary to the dour and unfeeling modern connotation of the word “stoic,” its original meaning derives from the Greek stoa poikilē, or painted porch: a public place in which prominent Stoics lectured on philosophy for all passersby to enjoy.