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Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Letters from a Stoic

by Seneca

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Series of letters from an ageing Stoic philosopher, writing in 64AD on topics from travel to disease to death. Enjoyable stuff, I'm fond of the Stoics as a rare variety of philosopher I find useful as well as interesting, although my engagement did vary from letter to letter. No Marcus Aurelius, but one I would return to. ( )
  roblong | Nov 7, 2013 |
Brilliant. I love letters because they provide such an authentic voice which the historian cannot provide. I love the indignance of Seneca when he is staying above the bath house in Pompeii and telling his student about the massage parlour downstairs. Oh the horror!! ( )
  notmyrealname | Sep 17, 2006 |
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Judging from what you tell me and from what I hear, I feel that you show great promise.
Are you really surprised, as if it were something unprecedented, that so long a tour and such diversity of scene have not enabled you to throw off this melancholy and this feeling of depression? A change of character, not a change of air, is what you need.
I have been speaking about liberal studies. Yet look at the amount of useless and superfluous matter to be found in the philosophers. Even they have descended to the level of drawing distinctions between the uses of different syllables and discussing the proper meanings of prepositions and conjunctions. They have come to envy the philologist and the mathematician, and they have taken over all the inessential elements in those studies -- with the result that they know more about devoting care and attention to their speech than about devoting such attention to their lives. Letter LXXXVIII
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Selected letters from Seneca's epistles to Lucilius. Please do not combine with complete editions of the letters, with different selections, or with classical language versions.
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (C.4 B.C.- A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's major contribution to Stoicism was to spiritualize and humanize a system which could appear cold and unrealistic.… (more)

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