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) equality: they urged the equal education of both slaves and women. Epictetus himself was a former slave. Stoicism looks thus far like an ethical view with radical political consequences, and so it became during the Enlightenment, when its distinctive emphases were used to argue in favor of equal political rights and more nearly equal economic opportunities. However, the original Stoics maintain a claim of great signifi cance for politics: moral capacity is the only thing that has intrinsic worth. Money, honor, power, bodily health, and even the love of friends

) equality: they urged the equal education of both slaves and women. Epictetus himself was a former slave. Stoicism looks thus far like an ethical view with radical political consequences, and so it became during the Enlightenment, when its distinctive emphases were used to argue in favor of equal political rights and more nearly equal economic opportunities. However, the original Stoics maintain a claim of great signifi cance for politics: moral capacity is the only thing that has intrinsic worth. Money, honor, power, bodily health, and even the love of friends

Differencein Early Modern Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, t 987. Herlihy, David. "Did Women Have a Renaissance? A Reconsidera- tion." Medievalia et Humanistica, n.s. 13 (1985): 1-22. History of Women in the West, A. Vol. I, From Ancient Goddessesto Christian Saints. Ed. Pauline Schmitt Pantel. Cambridge. MA: Harvard Univer- sity Press, 1992. ---. Vol. 2, Silencesof theMiddle Ages. Ed. Christiane Klapisch-Zuber. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992. ---. Vol. 3, Renaissance and Enlightenment Paradoxes. Ed. Natalie Zemon Davis and Arlette Farge. Cambridge