The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks

Donald Robertson Writes The World’s First Stoic Graphic Novel

July 12, 2022 Jon Brooks
The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks
Donald Robertson Writes The World’s First Stoic Graphic Novel
Show Notes

Order a copy of Verissimus here

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



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