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Morals and Villas in Seneca's Letters : Places to Dwell - John Henderson

Morals and Villas in Seneca's Letters

Places to Dwell

Hardcover Published: 3rd April 2004
ISBN: 9780521829441
Number Of Pages: 200

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John Henderson explores three letters of Seneca describing visits to Roman villas, and surveys the whole collection to show how these villas work as designs for contrasting lives. Seneca's own place is ageing drastically; a recent Epicurean's paradise is a seductive oasis away from the dangers of Nero's Rome; once a fortress of the dour Rome of yesteryear, the legendary Scipio's lair was now a shrine to the old morality: Seneca revels in its primitive bath-house, dark and cramped, before exploring the garden with the present owner. Seneca brings the philosophical epistle to Latin literature, creating models for moralizing which feature self-criticism, parody, and re-animated myth. Virgil and Horace come in for rough handling, as the Latin moralist wrests ethical practice and writing away from Greek gurus and texts, and into critical thinking within a Roman context. Here is powerful teaching on metaphor and translation, on self-transformation and cultural tradition.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Twelve steps to haven
Dropping in (it) at SENECA'S
You can get used to anything
The long and winding mode
Booking us in
Now and then there and there: at SCIPIO'S
Bound for VATIA'S
Knocking the self: genuflexion, villafication, VATIA'S
The world of the bath-house: SCIPIO'S
The appliance of science: SCIPIO'S
Shafts of light: transplantation and transfiguration
Still olive, still SCIPIO'S
Appendices
Bibliography
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521829441
ISBN-10: 0521829445
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 3rd April 2004
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47

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