Seneca Epistles 1-65

ISBN-10: 0674990846

ISBN-13: 9780674990845

Edition: 1917

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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba (Cordova) ca. 4 BC, 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 AD 54, 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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Copyright year: 1917
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1917
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 484
Size: 4.75" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

Seneca was born in Spain of a wealthy Italian family. His father, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (see Vol. 4), wrote the well-known Controversaie (Controversies) and Suasoriae (Persuasions), which are collections of arguments used in rhetorical training, and his nephew Lucan was the epic poet of the civil war. Educated in rhetoric and philosophy in Rome, he found the Stoic doctrine especially compatible. The younger Seneca became famous as an orator but was exiled by the Emperor Claudius. He was recalled by the Empress Agrippina to become the tutor of her son, the young Nero. After the first five years of Nero's reign, Agrippina was murdered and three years later Octavia, Nero's wife, was exiled. Seneca retired as much as possible from public life and devoted himself to philosophy, writing many treatises at this time. But in 65 he was accused of conspiracy and, by imperial order, committed suicide by opening his veins. He was a Stoic philosopher and met his death with Stoic calm. Seneca's grisly tragedies fascinated the Renaissance and have been successfully performed in recent years. All ten tragedies are believed genuine, with the exception of Octavia, which is now considered to be by a later writer. Translations of the tragedies influenced English dramatists such as Jonson (see Vol. 1), Marlowe (see Vol. 1), and Shakespeare (see Vol. 1), who all imitated Seneca's scenes of horror and his characters---the ghost, nurse, and villain.

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On Discursiveness in Reading
On True and False Friendship
On the Terrors of Death V. On the Philosopher's Mean
On Sharing Knowledge
On Crowds
On the Philosopher's Seclusion
On Philosophy and Friendship
On Living to Oneself
On the Blush of Modesty
On Old Age
On Groundless Fears
On Withdrawing from the World
On Brawn and Brains
On Philosophy, the Guide of Life
On Philosophy and Riches
On Festivals and Fasting
On Worldliness and Retirement
On Practicing What You Preach
On the Renown which My Writings Will Bring You
On the Futility of Half-Way Measures
On the True Joy which Comes from Philosophy
On Despising Death
On Reformation
On Old Age and Death
On the Good which Abides
On Travel as a Cure for Discontent
On the Critical Condition of Marcellinus
On Conquering the Conqueror
On Siren Songs
On Progress
On a Promising Pupil
On the Friendship of Kindred Minds
On the Value of Retirement
On Allegiance to Virtue
On Quiet Conversation
On Noble Aspirations
On the Proper Style for a Philosopher's Discourse
On the God within Us
On Values
On the Relativity of Fame
On Philosophy and Pedigrees
On Sophistical Argumentation
On a New Book by Lucilius
On Master and Slave
On Quibbling as Unworthy of the Philosopher
On the Shortness of Life
On Our Blindness and Its Cure
On Baiae and Morals
On Choosing Our Teachers
On the Faults of the Spirit
On Asthma and Death
On Vatia's Villa
On Quiet and Study
On the Trials of Travel
On Being
On Pleasure and Joy
On Harmful Prayers
On Meeting Death Cheerfully
On Good Company
On Grief for Lost Friends
On the Philosopher's Task
On the First Cause
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