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Review of How to Be Free, a translation of Epictetus's Encheiridion
It’s also to Arrian that we owe the more frequently translated summary of his teacher’s lectures. This summary is known as the Encheiridion, literally (as Long points out) “a little thing for carrying in the hand.” The Encheiridion can of course be thought of as a manual or handbook. But Long is not alone among translators in preferring to keep the Greek title, which “in its earliest usage . . . refers to a hand-knife or dagger. Arrian may have wished to suggest that connotation of the work’s defensive or protective function.” A small portable weapon, then? At any rate, a portable something. A refrigerator magnet I was recently given as a holiday gift proudly proclaims Books: The Original Hand-Held Device. Whether held in the hand or in the head, the Encheiridion is useful indeed.
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