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Letters from a Stoic : Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Letters from a Stoic

Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium

By: Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Robin Campbell (Introduction by)

Hardcover Published: 22nd October 2014
ISBN: 9780141395852
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Seeing self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', the Stoic philosophy called for the restraint of animal instincts and the importance of upright ethical ideals and virtuous living. Seneca's writings are a profound, powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born at Cordoba in Spain around 4 BCE. He rose to prominence in Rome, pursuing a career in the courts and political life, for which he had been trained, while also acquiring celebrity as an author of tragedies and essays. Falling foul of successive emperors (Caligula in 39 CE and Claudius in 41 CE), he spent eight years in exile, allegedly for an affair with Caligula's sister.

Recalled in 49 CE, he was made praetor and was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in 54 CE, the emperor Nero. On Nero's succession, Seneca acted for some eight years as an unofficial chief minister. The early part of this reign was remembered as a period of sound government, for which the main credit seems due to Seneca. His control over Nero declined as enemies turned the emperor against him with representations that his popularity made him a danger, or with accusations of immorality or excessive wealth.

Retiring from public life he devoted his last three years to philosophy and writing, particularly the Letters to Lucilius. In 65 CE following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, in which he was thought to be implicated, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide. His fame as an essayist and dramatist lasted until two or three centuries ago, when he passed into literary oblivion, from which the twentieth century has seen a considerable and immensely valuable recovery. Robin Campbell is a well-known translator.

ISBN: 9780141395852
ISBN-10: 0141395850
Series: Penguin Pocket Hardbacks
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd October 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.9 x 11.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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