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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the Younger

Author of Letters from a Stoic

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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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the Younger

Letters from a Stoic (0065) 2,452 copies
Four Tragedies and Octavia (1966) 623 copies
Letters to Lucilius [in translation] (1979) — Author — 379 copies
On the Happy Life (1979) 334 copies
Apocolocyntosis (0054) 193 copies
Dialogen (1977) 155 copies
Innerlijke rust (1984) — Author — 144 copies
Medea [in translation] (1956) 138 copies
Phaedra (1986) 125 copies
Seneca's Oedipus (1955) — Author — 107 copies
Moral and Political Essays (1995) 95 copies
Letters from a Stoic (1977) 87 copies
On Anger (1922) — Author — 83 copies
Anger, Mercy, Revenge (2010) 79 copies
Natural questions (1989) 77 copies
Select letters of Seneca (1910) 74 copies
Medea [Latin text] (1973) 72 copies
Seneca: Moral Essays (1713) 57 copies
Vom glückseligen Leben und andere Schriften (1959) — Author — 57 copies
Thyestes (1957) 56 copies
Le consolazioni (1923) 52 copies
Cartas a Lucilio (1974) 48 copies
L'ozio e la serenità (1993) 46 copies
Seneca in English (1998) 37 copies
Octavia (2003) 34 copies
Seneca's Morals (1702) 33 copies
Seneca's Moral Epistles (2001) 32 copies
Seneca (2015) 30 copies
Entretiens (1993) 27 copies
Philosophische Schriften (1974) 24 copies
De clementia = On mercy [bilingual] (1986) — Author — 24 copies
Il tempo (1992) 24 copies
Briefe an Lucilius über Ethik. 01. Buch. (1977) — Author — 20 copies
Elämän lyhyydestä (2018) 20 copies
On Clemency (1988) 16 copies
Stoic Six Pack 2 (2015) 16 copies
De Clementia (Latin) (2016) — Author — 15 copies
Sobre la felicidad (1984) 14 copies
Consolation to Helvia (2001) 13 copies
On the Firmness of the Wise Man (1990) — Author — 13 copies
Guida alla saggezza (1995) 12 copies
La provvidenza (1996) 11 copies
Briefe an Lucilius über Ethik. 03. Buch. (1985) — Author — 11 copies
Tutte le opere (2000) 11 copies
Cartas morales a Lucilio (1984) 11 copies
Levenskunst (2018) 9 copies
La fermezza del saggio (2018) 9 copies
Skrifter (1982) 9 copies
Medea ; Fedra ; Tieste (1988) 9 copies
On Benefits (2011) 8 copies
L'arte di vivere (2001) 8 copies
Tragedias completas (2012) 8 copies
Consolations (1992) 8 copies
Moral Letters to Lucilius (2016) 8 copies
Natuurverschijnselen (2009) 8 copies
De goede dood (2015) 8 copies
Onkwetsbaarheid (2014) 7 copies
Escritos consolatorios (1999) 7 copies
Moral Letters to Lucilius (2018) 7 copies
Dialogues (Illustrated) (2015) 7 copies
On the Happy Life (2021) 6 copies
Traités (1994) 6 copies
Ahlak Mektupları (2018) 6 copies
Elogio de la ancianidad (2007) 6 copies
Invitacion a la Serenidad (1996) 6 copies
La dottrina morale (1967) 6 copies
De la brevedad de la vida (1985) 6 copies
Erkölcsi levelek (1975) 6 copies
Éloge de l'oisiveté (2015) 5 copies
Tratados (1997) 5 copies
Dialogues 5 copies
Glück und Schicksal (2009) 5 copies
El libro de oro (1958) 5 copies
I Dialoghi (1992) 5 copies
Agamemnon (0053) 5 copies
Seneca (1994) 5 copies
El libro de oro (1994) 4 copies
Seneca für Gestreßte (1994) 4 copies
Tragedias (1987) 4 copies
Epigrammi (1994) 4 copies
DIALOGJE 4 copies
Epigramas (2001) 4 copies
Troost & volharding (2021) 3 copies
Letters of Seneca (2000) 3 copies
XXV brieven aan Lucilius (1988) 3 copies
Cartas sobre la muerte (2014) 3 copies
Le fenicie (1988) 3 copies
Tragedias (2016) 3 copies
Consolations from a Stoic (2016) 3 copies
De kunst van het geven (2022) 3 copies
Lettere (2005) 3 copies
La vita ritirata (1992) 3 copies
Tratados morales (1991) 3 copies
Dialoghi morali (2017) 3 copies
L'arte del vivere (1993) 3 copies
Alla madre (1997) 3 copies
La vita felice 3 copies
Della consolazione (1990) 3 copies
Az emberség nagykönyve (2008) 3 copies
De la colère (2014) 3 copies
Medea (2008) 3 copies
Sui benefici (2008) 3 copies
Aforismen 3 copies
Tragedias (2001) 3 copies
Tratados Filosóficos (2019) 3 copies
Sobre la providencia (2004) 2 copies
Tragedias II 2 copies
Tragedias Completas (1957) 2 copies
Tragèdies (1995) 2 copies
Dialogos I - Seneca (2007) 2 copies
Obras completas 2 copies
La vera gioia 2 copies
L'exil (1995) 2 copies
Ruh Dinginliği Üzerine (2015) 2 copies
Slova tesaná do mramoru (2000) 2 copies
La follia di Ercole (1999) 2 copies
Hercules Oetaeus (2002) 2 copies
La gioia (2006) 2 copies
Tratados morales (2016) — Author — 2 copies
Kaitselmuksesta 2 copies
Satira. Da Aristofane a Corrado Guzzanti (2013) — Author — 2 copies
Moral Essays & Dialogues (2016) 2 copies
Alt timp nu am 2 copies
Medeia 2 copies
Óvakodj a haragtól! (2003) 2 copies
Woede & genade (2016) 2 copies
THEATRE COMPLET Vol. 1 (1991) 2 copies
Of a Happy Life 2 copies
On Providence 2 copies
Lettere a Lucilio e trattati morali — Author — 2 copies
O dobrodiních (1991) 2 copies
Cuestiones Naturales II (1979) 2 copies
A mia madre, dall'esilio (1995) 2 copies
Sull'ozio (2015) 2 copies
Dialoghi 2 copies
LE PHILOSOPHE (1962) 1 copy
On Anger: De Ira (2017) 1 copy
Questions Naturelles (2014) 1 copy
Tragédies 1 copy
On Mercy 1 copy
Tragédias - eBook (2021) 1 copy
Mad Hercules 1 copy
Séneca 1 copy
A Vida Feliz 1 copy
Ideario 1 copy
Útěchy 1 copy
Ercole sul Monte Eta (2000) 1 copy
Troianas 1 copy
Teselliler 1 copy
Tragedias I 1 copy
Phaedram 1 copy
I Benefici 1 copy
Medea: Fedra 1 copy
Seneca: 7 Dialogues (2015) 1 copy
Breve fra Seneca (2010) 1 copy
Om livets korthet (2022) 1 copy
Mēdeia (2000) 1 copy
Herakles-tragediat (2023) 1 copy
Die Gemütsruhe (2015) 1 copy
Dei benefizi 1 copy
La felicità 1 copy
La Felicità 1 copy
Vita felice 1 copy
De Otio 1 copy
Le tragedie 1 copy
I benefici (1967) 1 copy
L'arte di non adirarsi (2007) 1 copy
La libertà (2005) 1 copy
La felicità 1 copy
Lettera sul suicidio (2018) 1 copy
Oratori e Retori (1986) 1 copy
1: Libri 1.-9. (2000) 1 copy
Dell'ira (1990) 1 copy
La provvidenza (1988) 1 copy
Vom glücklichen Leben (2017) 1 copy
İşsizliğe Övgü (2019) 1 copy
La brevità della vita (2018) 1 copy
Trojaanse vrouwen (2019) 1 copy
Uitspraken (1969) 1 copy
Las Troyanas (1993) 1 copy
Opere morali 1 copy
Edipo (2002) 1 copy
Epistolae 1 copy
Sobre la clemencia (1988) 1 copy
Savoir donner (1996) 1 copy
Of Peace of Mind (2014) 1 copy
Stoicism 1 copy
Om vrede 1 copy
Sobre la serenidad (2019) 1 copy
Medea (1999) 1 copy
Sobre la felicidad (2019) 1 copy
Tragedias Troyanas (2004) 1 copy
[Dialegs] 1 copy
Tragèdies 1 copy
Ideario (1996) 1 copy
Tragèdies (1995) 1 copy
Epistole, antologia, (1973) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contributor — 1,383 copies
Essential Works of Stoicism (1961) — Contributor — 85 copies
Roman Readings (1958) 67 copies
Treasury of the Theatre: From Aeschylus to Ostrovsky (1967) — Contributor — 48 copies
Five Elizabethan Tragedies (1938) — Contributor — 44 copies

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As cartas de Sêneca a Lucílio (Epistolae morales ad Lucilium) são consideradas a grande obra-prima do filósofo latino. Aprendendo a viver é uma seleção de 29 textos desses 124 que Sêneca redigiu nos seus anos finais, entre 63 d.C. e 65 d.C., e apresenta uma síntese dos princípios de sabedoria, virtude e liberdade que o pensador perseguiu em vida. Influenciado pela escola estoica e também pelos ideais epicuristas, Sêneca refletiu sobre as mais profundas contradições da condição humana, questionamentos universais, que acompanham a sociedade desde o início da Era Cristã até a atualidade. Sua filosofia aborda a busca da felicidade, o medo da morte, as desilusões, a amizade e levanta uma das principais questões dos nossos dias: como conjugar qualidade de vida e tempo escasso. Leitores do século XXI serão surpreendidos por lições como: "A duração de minha vida não depende de mim. O que depende é que não percorra de forma pouco nobre as fases dessa vida; devo governá-la, e não por ela ser levado."; "O defeito maior da vida é ela não ter nada de comple­to e acabado, e o fato de sempre deixarmos algo para depois." Ou ainda: "Não deixemos nada para mais tarde. Acertemos nossas contas com a vida dia após dia". As cartas de Sêneca fazem parte de uma longa tradição do gênero epistolar, e se distinguem das cartas comuns por não se destinarem à comunicação de natureza pessoal ou familiar, aproximando-se mais da crônica histórica. É comum ao gênero a presença de um interlocutor para desenvolver a filosofia por meio do diálogo. No caso de Lucílio, não há confirmação de que ele tenha existido. (Amazon)… (more)
 
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luizzmendes | 7 other reviews | Mar 10, 2024 |
Sobre a brevidade da vida
Os escritos do filósofo estoico Sêneca pertencem à categoria de obras que mudaram a humanidade e que, universais, resistem à passagem do tempo. Por meio de insights poderosos, eles transformam a maneira como nos vemos e já serviram de guia para inúmeras gerações por sua eloquência, lucidez e sabedoria. Sobre a brevidade da vida e Sobre a firmeza do sábio foram concebidos em forma de cartas e apresentam reflexões essenciais quanto à arte de viver, à passagem do tempo e à importância da razão e da moralidade. Traduzida do latim por José Eduardo S. Lohner, esta edição conta ainda com notas esclarecedoras do tradutor. (Amazon)… (more)
 
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luizzmendes | 40 other reviews | Mar 10, 2024 |
Lovely thin edition of a 20 part essay lent to me by my son. This (flawed) 2018 Benediction Classic does not have a name for the translator. Of course the content is true to the title except that Seneca asserts that life is not short at all if you live it properly. The secret is not to let others steal away your time or become 'engrossed' in activities other than philosophy. Being engrossed is not to be at leisure and 'they are at leisure wo take time for philosophy, they alone really live; for they are not content to be good guardians of their own lifetime only. They annex ever(sic)y age to their own; all the years that hae gone ore (sic) them are an addition to their store.'… (more)
 
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simonpockley | 40 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
Lyrical, poetic, easy flowing story of a woman's life in Iran during one of it's most turbulent times. But it falls very short. She is almost an observer, if even that, of what was really going on. Her husband is active in the efforts to get nuclear arms banned, but even with that cause she mostly views his activity as time away from her. Even when she is challenged on the street because a little of her hair is showing, it seems to be brushed over when friends manage to talk her way out of the situation. A situation that could easily have gotten very serious. Three stars for the writing. Two stars for the story.… (more)
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