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Epistulae Morales : Letters LXVI-XCII v. 2 - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Epistulae Morales

Letters LXVI-XCII v. 2

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1989
ISBN: 9780674990852
Number Of Pages: 496

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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba (Cordova) ca. 4 BCE, 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 54 CE, 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.

On the Quality, as Contrasted with the Length, of Life
On the Value of Advice
On the Usefulness of Basic Principles
On Facing Hardships
On the Degeneracy of the Age
On the Fickleness of Fortune
On Consolation to the Bereaved
On the Writings of Fabianus
On the Futility of Planning Ahead
On the Intimations of Our Immortality
On the Dangers of Association with Our Fellow Men
On Care of Health and Peace of Mind
On Facing the World with Confidence
On the Corporeality of Virtue
On the Obedience to the Universal Will
On the Approaches to Philosophy
On the Fellowship of Wise Men
On True and False Riches
On the Vanity of Mental Gymnastics
On Reforming Hardened Sinners
On the Vitality of the Soul and Its Attributes
On Style as a Mirror Of Character
On the Superficial Blessings
On Self-Control
On Real Ethics as Superior to Syllogistic Subtleties
On the Vanity of Place-Seeking
On Nature as Our Best Provider
More about Virtue
On Instinct in Animals
On Darkness as a Veil for Wickedness
On the Conflict Between Pleasure and Virtue
On the True Good as Attained by Reason
Index of Proper
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780674990852
ISBN-10: 0674990854
Series: BOOKS LXVI-XCII : Book 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st July 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 11.43  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 76

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