The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks

The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Modern practical breakdowns of the best ideas in ancient Stoicism.

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Stoic author, philosopher and cognitive behavioural therapist, Donald Robertson, returns to discuss his brand new graphic novel, VERISSIMUS. 

This is the most epic philosophical project that I am aware of to date. 

If Ridley Scott's Gladiator had a baby with Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, you’d get Verissimus.

As you’ll hear in this interview, this project was a massive undertaking, taking nearly 3 years to complete. Detailing the life, times, and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, the book acts as a historically accurate, action-packed entry point into the Stoic landscape.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The process of creating this book
  • Why Donald decided to make a graphic novel
  • Why many Romans actually opposed Marcus Aurelius
  • Marcus’ mission to cultivate natural compassion towards all human beings, even his worst enemies
  • The absurdity of Stoicism’s most popular criticism 
  • Stoicism’s deep influence on early Christianity
  • The relationship between intuition and reason
  • Jon's single favourite chapter on Stoicism


Links to Donald's Work:

 Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, by Donald Robertson 

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, by Donald Robertson

Donald’s website

Modern Stoicism



Previous episodes

  • 43 - Donald Robertson Writes The World’s First Stoic Graphic Novel 
    Tue, 12 Jul 2022
  • 42 - The Path of the Spiritual Warrior 
    Fri, 01 Jul 2022
  • 41 - James Stockdale and the Power of Realistic Optimism 
    Fri, 24 Jun 2022
  • 40 - The Stoic Reframe to Deal with Loss of Any Kind 
    Sat, 11 Jun 2022
  • 39 - Master Anxiety Using Stoicism: Interview with Jon Brooks 
    Thu, 19 May 2022
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