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Stoicism was one of the four principal schools of philosophy in ancient Athens, alongside Plato’s Academy, Aristotle’s Lyceum, and Epicurus’ Garden, where it flourished for some 250 years. It proved especially popular among the Romans, attracting admirers as diverse as the statesman Seneca, the ex-slave Epictetus, and the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The works of these three authors have come down to us and have won admirers from the Renaissance through to the present day. Although the philosophy of Stoicism as a whole is complex, embracing everything from metaphysics to astronomy to grammar, the works of the three great Roman Stoics…


An Orisha (spelled òrìṣà in the Yoruba language, orichá or orixá in Latin America) is a deity that reflects one of the manifestations of the Supreme Divinity (Eledumare,Olorun, Olofi) in Yoruba religion. Orisha are said to have existed in the invisible world (òrun) and lived as humans beings in the planetary world (ayé). Others are said to be humans who are recognised as deities due to extraordinary feats. Many Orishas have found their way to most of the New World as a result of the Atlantic slave trade and are now expressed in practices as varied as Santería, Candomblé, Trinidad Orisha, Umbanda, and…

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