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Seneca's Letters from a Stoic : Dover Thrift Editions - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca's Letters from a Stoic

Dover Thrift Editions

Paperback Published: 21st December 2016
ISBN: 9780486811246
Number Of Pages: 496

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As chief advisor to the emperor Nero, Lucius Annaeus Seneca was most influential in ancient Rome as a power behind the throne. His lasting fame derives from his writings on Stoic ideology, in which philosophy is a practical form of self-improvement rather than a matter of argument or wordplay. Seneca's letters to a young friend advise action rather than reflection, addressing the issues that confront every generation: how to achieve a good life; how to avoid corruption and self-indulgence; and how to live without fear of death.

Written in an intimate, conversational style, the letters reflect the traditional Stoic focus on living in accordance with nature and accepting the world on its own terms. The philosopher emphasizes the Roman values of courage, self-control, and rationality, yet he remains remarkably modern in his tolerant and cosmopolitan attitude. Rich in epigrammatic wit, Seneca's interpretation of Stoicism constitutes a timeless and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C–A.D. 65) was a Roman statesman, Stoic philosopher, and dramatist. He served as an advisor to Nero; upon his implication in a plot to assassinate the emperor, he was compelled to commit suicide

ISBN: 9780486811246
ISBN-10: 0486811247
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 21st December 2016
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.39

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