The Boy Who Would Be King
A new book from bestselling author Ryan Holiday
Note: this is a pre-order, the book is released on March 9th
For a signed and personalized version of The Boy Who Would Be King, click here.
It’s one of the most incredible stories in all of history.
A young boy, out of nowhere, is chosen to be the emperor of most of the known world.
What he learned, what he did, who he was, would echo in eternity.
In 138 AD, Hadrian, the emperor of Rome, chose Marcus Aurelius to succeed him. He knew no one was born ready for the job, so he arranged for the young boy’s education.
The greatest philosophers of the day were assigned to teach him, and all threw themselves at the almost inhuman task of preparing someone for absolute power.
It’s a parable for life, really. The gods, fate, someone chooses something for us, calls us to something. Will we answer? Will we step up? Will we achieve the greatness within us?
Marcus Aurelius did. Absolute power not only didn’t corrupt, it made him better. We marvel at him centuries later--this man who thought he would not be remembered, that posthumous fame was worthless--stands today more famous than ever. A hero to millions.
And now, that parable has been illustrated and told for all ages in a new book - The Boy Who Would Be King.
This 100 page book is written by bestselling author Ryan Holiday and illustrated by the illustrious Victor Juhasz. Each page tells the story of Marcus’s rise to power through Ryan’s words and Victor’s illustrations.
The book includes:
- 82 exclusive illustrations from Victor Juhasz
- An illustrated ‘journey map’ showing the journeys of Marcus Aurelius
- Over 100 pages of writing from Ryan Holiday
The book is produced from start to finish by Daily Stoic and printed here in the United States.
As a special bonus, if you order this book before March 9th, 2021, you’ll get a FREE audiobook version as well. Simply check out through our website here, and you’ll automatically get the free audiobook.
The timeless tale is told for all ages and makes a great gift.
—Brian Koppelman, screenwriter and director, Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen and Billions
All of Ryan Holiday's books about Stoicism—signed and personalized by the author himself.
These make great gifts for an aspiring Stoic, and are wonderful additions to your own library as well.
FOUR VIRTUES MEDALLION
The Stoics believed in Four Virtues: Justice. Temperance. Wisdom. Courage.
Every situation, every moment is an opportunity to exemplify these forms of human excellence
READ TO LEAD: A DAILY STOIC READING CHALLENGE
In this 13-day reading challenge we will outline actionable ways for you to find great books to mine for wisdom and to build the beginnings of a great library with. You’ll learn to dissect a book like a pro, to remember more of what you read, to apply it to your life, and much more.
2021 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar
365 days of Stoic quotes featuring quotes from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, and more. Use this calendar to prepare for the challenges and demands of 2021.
Become the Best Version of Yourself!
Daily Stoic LIFE
Daily Stoic Life is a global community of Stoic thinkers and practitioners dedicated to becoming the best versions of themselves. No matter your age, sex, religion, or social status, you can build a Stoic practice and build a better life for yourself.
Membership includes exclusive daily email meditations (now ad-free!), a hardcover book of the best Stoic wisdom, a private learning community, quarterly Q&As with Ryan Holiday, and members-only discounts in The Daily Stoic store. New members will receive an exclusive gift set, and all Daily Stoic Life members receive free access to our online courses and challenges—over $300 of new content each year.
Memento Mori Medallion
The The Memento Mori medallion. These coins are designed with the intention of carrying them in your pocket, a literal and inescapable reminder that “you could leave life right now.”
Amor Fati Medallion
Amor fati is a mindset that you take on for making the best out of anything that happens: Treating each and every moment—no matter how challenging—as something to be embraced, not avoided. To not only be okay with it, but love it and be better for it.
Memento Mori Pendant
Daily Stoic is excited to announce an easy way to keep 'memento mori' in mind. A beautiful memento mori pendant, a literal and inescapable reminder that “you could leave life right now.”
DAILY STOIC CHALLENGE DECK
The Daily Stoic Challenge Deck features 30 individual challenge cards. Each card includes challenge instructions, a quote from Stoic philosophers like Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus, and an inspiring illustration.
Marcus Aurelius Bust
A 5.5” tall, hand-sculpted pewter portrait bust of Marcus Aurelius. Individually hand-numbered, patinated and waxed with an aged verdigris finish. Mounted on a 3”x3”x2.5” cherry wood base with an espresso stain.
Daily Stoic Courses
Read To Lead: A Daily Stoic Reading Challenge
A 13-day reading challenge where we outline actionable ways for you to find great books to mine for wisdom and to build the beginnings of a great library with. You’ll learn to dissect a book like a pro, to remember more of what you read, to apply it to your life, and much more.
TAMING YOUR TEMPER: THE 10-DAY STOIC GUIDE TO CONTROLLING ANGER
A 10-day course designed to provide you with the tools and techniques to control your anger and calm your mind. Using the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius, as well as other notable Stoic thinkers, we will help you seek the calm that Marcus sought, and build the strength that he forged, in order to weaken anger’s grasp on your life.
Daily Stoic Alive Time Challenge
This challenge is a set of 14 extremely actionable challenges, presented one per day, you can do from anywhere, built around the most timeless Stoic wisdom.
To give you the best Stoic wisdom, tools, and motivation to transform over the 14 days and arm you with skills and an attitude that will help you turn this negative into a positive. To give you the exact outline to create the most ‘alive time’ you can in our current situation.
Habits for Success, Habits for Happiness
Habits for Success, Habits for Happiness is a framework for overhauling your habits and establishing (and keeping) new and good ones. In six weeks, you will become a new version of yourself—one who is equipped to take on all the challenges you currently face, and any new ones that come your way.
You’ll learn from some of the smartest, most effective men and women in history