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On the shortness of life

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This book contains three short works written by Lucius Annaeus Seneca or Seneca the Younger. Being a stoic, he faces trials and troubles with a typical stoic outlook; one should not fret over things they cannot control.

All of these works seem to be letters to other people. For instance, the first work is On the Shortness of Life, and seems to be addressed to someone named Paulinus. The book helps us by telling us that Paulinus is a friend of Seneca.

The second letter called Consolation to Helvia and is addressed to his own mother to tell her not to grieve during his exile from Rome.

The last work is called On Tranquility of Mind and seems to be a dialogue between Seneca and a man named Serenus.

All in all, the stoic philosophy is very strong with these works. Most of the works concentrate on learning from the older philosophers and spending your time wisely.

All in all this is a very short and breezy work, but a very interesting one. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Great translation, really conveys the eloquence of the work. Cannot agree with all the advice Seneca gives, but alot of it are great lessons about how to live and see life. ( )
  vhl219 | Jun 1, 2019 |
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  PSZC | May 20, 2019 |
This is one to re-read each year. ( )
  damcg63 | Dec 2, 2018 |
1. Muito breve e agitada é a vida daqueles que esquecem o passado, negligenciam o presente e temem o futuro. Quando chegam ao fim, os coitados entendem, muito tarde, que estiveram ocupados fazendo nada.

Sêneca. Sobre a brevidade da vida (Locais do Kindle 518-520). L&PM Editores. Edição do Kindle. ( )
  WalkerDeBarros | Apr 29, 2018 |
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Hunink, VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssen, Tjitte H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Most human beings, Paulinus, complain about the meanness of nature, because we are born for a brief span of life, and because this spell of time that has been given us rushes by so swiftly and rapidly that with very few exceptions life ceases for the rest of us just when we are getting ready for it.
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Il senso della fuga del tempo e della caducità delle cose percorre tutta l’opera di Seneca. A questa realtà egli oppone una problematica saggezza, che invita a liberare lo spazio breve dell’esistenza dalle futili tensioni che lo consumano, vanificandone la potenziale ricchezza. Il tempo è il bene più prezioso dell’uomo; ma è anche quello più facilmente dissipato. Ecco l’impietoso spettacolo dell’alienazione umana, la massa frenetica degli affaccendati, il dramma delle vite consunte dalla brama di ricchezza e di potere; e, di contro, la figura del saggio, che nel dominio razionale di sé sa rendere intenso e fecondo ogni attimo dell’esistere e fa di ogni giorno che passa una vita. La brevità della vita è qui presentato da uno dei più sensibili studiosi dell’opera senecana, Alfonso Traina, cui si devono introduzione, traduzione e note.
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