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Natural Questions : The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Natural Questions

The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Paperback Published: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9780226748399
Number Of Pages: 240

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this engaging collection restores Seneca-whose works have been highly praised by modern authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson-to his rightful place among the classical writers most widely studied in the humanities.

Written near the end of Seneca's life, Natural Questions is a work in which Seneca expounds and comments on the natural sciences of his day-rivers and earthquakes, wind and snow, meteors and comets-offering us a valuable look at the ancient scientific mind at work. The modern reader will find fascinating insights into ancient philosophical and scientific approaches to the physical world and also vivid evocations of the grandeur, beauty, and terror of nature.

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Hine s translation is clear, elegant, and energetic, and the introduction and notes allow us to read the work within the contexts of ancient science, philosophy, culture, and literature. Most of all, by conveying both its intellectual urgency and its artfulness, this edition reveals the Natural Questions to be among Seneca s most powerful writings and in the league of such masterworks as Lucretius s De rerum natura and Virgil s Georgics.
--James Ker, University of Pennsylvania, author of The Deaths of Seneca"
From the rainbow in the heavens to the iridescent scales of a mullet dying at the gourmet s table, Seneca examines the face of God and its distorted human images to find, at the last, himself. One of the many virtues of Harry Hine s lively new translation of the Natural Questions is the variation in its registers, encompassing satire, scientific argument, moral dialogue, and epic grandeur. Backed up by an extensive critical introduction, this volume makes an auspicious beginning to the series.
--C. A. J. Littlewood, University of Victoria, Canada"
"Hine's translation is clear, elegant, and energetic, and the introduction and notes allow us to read the work within the contexts of ancient science, philosophy, culture, and literature. Most of all, by conveying both its intellectual urgency and its artfulness, this edition reveals the Natural Questions to be among Seneca's most powerful writings and in the league of such masterworks as Lucretius's De rerum natura and Virgil's Georgics."
--James Ker, University of Pennsylvania, author of The Deaths of Seneca
"From the rainbow in the heavens to the iridescent scales of a mullet dying at the gourmet's table, Seneca examines the face of God and its distorted human images to find, at the last, himself. One of the many virtues of Harry Hine's lively new translation of the Natural Questions is the variation in its registers, encompassing satire, scientific argument, moral dialogue, and epic grandeur. Backed up by an extensive critical introduction, this volume makes an auspicious beginning to the series."
--C. A. J. Littlewood, University of Victoria, Canada

ISBN: 9780226748399
ISBN-10: 0226748391
Series: The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32

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