Women Reading Epictetus

  title={Women Reading Epictetus},
  author={Gillian H. Wright},
  journal={Women's Writing},
  pages={321 - 337}
  • G. Wright
  • Published 24 July 2007
  • History
  • Women's Writing
Although little read today, the teachings of the Stoic thinker Epictetus enjoyed high levels of popularity in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when they were frequently associated with women readers. This article discusses the reasons why women of this period might have been encouraged to read Epictetus, as well as exploring the various ways in which writers such as Katherine Philips, Mary Chudleigh and Elizabeth Carter interpreted Epictetus's teachings. It also considers… 
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