Stoicism is a philosophy created by Epictetus in his Discourses. The main precept of Stoicism is that everyone has a sphere of influence and a sphere of choice. These determine what effect we can have on others and what effect others can have on us. The idea is that if we don’t allow things into our sphere, we can’t be moved by them. Hence the emotional-distance thing that is synonymous with “Stoic” today.
Stoicism wasn’t just a philosophy though–it became a way of life. The character who most epitomizes the Stoic dictates is Titus, who has successfully kept all emotions at bay until he comes face to face with Jesus. One of the major challenges to his character is the process of opening up his heart. When he stumbles, it involves turning back to his Stoic roots to keep guilt at bay.
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