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Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind

Nancy Sherman


While few soldiers may have read the works of Epictetus or Marcus Aurelius, it is undoubtedly true that the ancient philosophy known as Stoicism guides the actions of many in the military. Soldiers and seamen learn early in their training “to suck it up,” to endure, to put aside their feelings and to get on with the mission. This book explores what the Stoic philosophy actually is, the role it plays in the character of the military (both ancient and modern), and its powerful value as a philosophy of life. Marshalling anecdotes from military history—ranging from ancient Greek wars to World War ... More

Keywords: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism, military, military history, military mind, anger, fear, resilience, grief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195315912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Sherman, author
Georgetown University
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