The Three Τόποι of Epictetus are a recurring theme here, and I want to draw your attention to several episodes of Chris Fisher’s “Stoicism on Fire” podcast.
Specifically, his discussion here:
Episode 7 – Stoic Spiritual Exercises
Episode 8 – The Theory of Assent
Episode 9 – The Discipline of Assent
Episode 10 – The Theory of Desire
Episode 11 – The Discipline of Desire
Episode 13 – The Theory of Action
Episode 14 – The Discipline of Action
These are part of the larger “Path of the Prokopton” series on the Podcast.
If you enjoy the writing of Chris Fisher at TraditionalStoicism, I want to point you towards his podcast, which is now in its 14th episode.
I think you’ll find the quality and effort that goes into the writing and podcast sets Chris apart from many online commentators. His posts usually have 15+ citations, and are always well researched.
Stoicism on Fire fills a needed niche in the Online Stoa, and I hope you’ll give it a listen.
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I came across this article which discusses what Hadot calls “spiritual exercises” in some depth. The author takes exception to that label, but I think it suits just fine. I had recently joked in a conversation that if I had a dollar for every scholar who said something along the lines of “I won’t detail exactly what the exercises in Epictetus are…” that I’d have a goodly number of dollars.
Braicovich does not say this, however. He notes 18, although (spoiler alert), he later pares that down significantly. Either way, it’s worth the read.
Franco Scalenghe has translated all of Epictetus’ known works (via Arrian), and graciously made them available without cost to the reader. If you haven’t leafed through his translation, I highly recommend it.
There are also five dialogues he authored to be found on the site which are well worth your time.