Seneca's Letters from a Stoic

by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Richard Mott Gummere

Series: Dover Thrift Editions

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  • 9780486817866
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.
  • Dover Publications; November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780486817866
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  • Title: Seneca's Letters from a Stoic
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Richard Mott Gummere (trans.)
  • Imprint: Dover Publications
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780486811246
  • 9780486817866

About The Author

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

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780486811246
  • 9780486817866