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Epistles 66-92

Epistles Seneca Lucius Annaeus born at Corduba Cordova ca BCE of a prominent and wealthy family spent an ailing childhood and youth at Rome in an aunt s care He became famous in rhetoric philosophy mon

  • Title: Epistles 66-92
  • Author: Seneca Richard Mott Gummere
  • ISBN: 9780674990852
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba Cordova ca 4 BCE, of a prominent and wealthy family, spent an ailing childhood and youth at Rome in an aunt s care He became famous in rhetoric, philosophy, money making, and imperial service After some disgrace during Claudius reign he became tutor and then, in 54 CE, advising minister to Nero, some of whose worst misdeeds heSeneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba Cordova ca 4 BCE, of a prominent and wealthy family, spent an ailing childhood and youth at Rome in an aunt s care He became famous in rhetoric, philosophy, money making, and imperial service After some disgrace during Claudius reign he became tutor and then, in 54 CE, advising minister to Nero, some of whose worst misdeeds he did not prevent Involved innocently in a conspiracy, he killed himself by order in 65 Wealthy, he preached indifference to wealth evader of pain and death, he preached scorn of both and there were other contrasts between practice and principle.We have Seneca s philosophical or moral essays ten of them traditionally called Dialogues on providence, steadfastness, the happy life, anger, leisure, tranquility, the brevity of life, gift giving, forgiveness and treatises on natural phenomena Also extant are 124 epistles, in which he writes in a relaxed style about moral and ethical questions, relating them to personal experiences a skit on the official deification of Claudius, Apocolocyntosis in Loeb number 15 and nine rhetorical tragedies on ancient Greek themes Many epistles and all his speeches are lost.The 124 epistles are collected in Volumes IV VI of the Loeb Classical Library s ten volume edition of Seneca.

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    1. Seneca's letters have been mind-blowing for me. There are hardly any other books in which I have marked so many excellent passages. They say the ancient stoics would carry a coin bearing the face of Zeno, the founder of their school of philosophy. I say give me a coin with Seneca's face to keep in my pocket! Little wonder he was so popular with Christian theologians, medieval or Byzantine. The parallels are stunning and revelatory.

    2. Brilliant work. I want to go back to college and slap the dean for letting me graduate without reading this.

    3. Part Two of Seneca's famous letters to Lucilius. According to Seneca one should live a life in accordance with nature. The nature of a human is his reason, because his ability to reason sets him apart from all animals. When one devotes his life to philosophy and reason one will achieve the ultimate goal - a virtuous life.

    4. I can't continue this book without thinking of my brother who passed away a week ago, it's too difficult. I might just pick this up again sometime in the future, when the wound has healed.

    5. I struggled to get through the audiobook between repetition and also trying to decode some of what was being said.

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