Seneca's Moral Epistles

ISBN-10: 0865164878

ISBN-13: 9780865164871

Edition: 2001

Authors: Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Anna Lydia Motto

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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

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.

Seneca's Life and Work
Seneca's Philosophy
Seneca's Style
Historical Chronology
Chronology of Seneca's Extant Works
Selected Bibliography in English
Note to Readers
Text: Selected Epistles
Epistle One: The Value of Time
Epistle Two: He is Nowhere Who Is Everywhere
Epistle Three: On Friendship
Epistle Five: The Golden Mean
Epistle Six: The Joy of Sharing One's Possessions with One's Friends
Epistle Seven: Avoid the Crowd
Epistle Eleven: Wisdom Unable to Suppress Natural Emotions
Epistle Twelve: The Advantages of Old Age
Epistle Fifteen: Against Strenuous Physical Exercise
Epistle Sixteen: Philosophy: Life's Guide
Epistle Eighteen: On Practicing Poverty
Epistle Twenty-one: A Lasting Monument
Epistle Twenty-three: True Joy Is a Stern Matter
Epistle Twenty-seven: Virtue Alone Gives Everlasting Joy
Epistle Twenty-eight: Travel Cannot Cure the Soul's Maladies
Epistle Thirty-four: The Teacher's Joy at His Pupil's Success
Epistle Thirty-seven: Soldiering toward the Good Life
Epistle Thirty-eight: The Intimacy and Value of Conversation
Epistle Forty-one: God within You
Epistle Forty-two: The Rarity of the Vir Bonus
Epistle Forty-three: No Escape from One's Own Conscience
Epistle Forty-four: Philosophy Never Looks to Pedigrees
Epistle Forty-seven: Not Slaves, but Fellow Slaves
Epistle Fifty: Becoming Better Daily
Epistle Fifty-one: Baiae and Vice
Epistle Fifty-two: Man Needs a Moral Guide
Epistle Fifty-three: Tossed upon Land and Sea
Epistle Fifty-four: On Sickness and Death
Epistle Fifty-six: The Philosopher in the Bathhouse
Epistle Sixty: Man's Supplication for Affliction
Epistle Sixty-one: Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last
Epistle Sixty-two: Scorn Riches: Seize the Wealth of the Ages
Epistle Sixty-three: The Moderation of Grief
Epistle Seventy-two: The Priority of Philosophy
Epistle Eighty: Virtue Is within the Reach of Those Who Wish It
Epistle Eighty-four: On Integrating Knowledge
Epistle Ninety: Wisdom, Skill, and the Golden Age
Epistle Ninety-six: On Paying the Manly Tribute to Life
Epistle One Hundred Twelve: The Intransigence of Vice
Epistle One Hundred Fourteen: Style is the Man
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