I have always considered myself something of a stoic. I don’t really get worked up about things either positive or negative, an even keel being my persistent goal. I did find myself laughing out loud when watching Rome and hearing the line “You’ll not turn to drink, will you? You stoic types often do when disappointed in life.”
The American Heritage def of ‘stoic’ give s us a bit on where the word comes from:
[Middle English Stoic, a Stoic, from Latin Stōicus, from Greek Stōikos, from stoā (poikilē), (Painted) Porch, where Zeno taught; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
That’s right — the Stoics were the original porchers.