Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium

Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium

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'It is philosophy that has the duty of protecting us ... without it no one can lead a life free of fear or worry'

For several years of his turbulent life, in which he was dogged by ill health, exile and danger, Seneca was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire. This selection of Seneca's letters shows him upholding the ideals of Stoicism - the wisdom of the self-possessed person immune to life's setbacks - while valuing friendship and courage, and criticizing the harsh treatment of slaves and the cruelties in the gladiatorial arena. The humanity and wit revealed in Seneca's interpretation of Stoicism is a moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

Selected and translated with an Introduction by Robin Campbell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141914527
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 08/26/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 319,080
File size: 474 KB

About the Author

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC - AD65) was born in Spain but was raised according to the traditional values of the republic of Rome. In AD48 he became tutor to the future emperor Nero and became his principal civil advisor when he took power. His death was eventually ordered by Nero in AD65, but Seneca anticipated the emperor's decree and committed suicide.

Robin Campbell is a well-known translator.

Table of Contents

Seneca's Life Seneca and Philosophy Seneca and Literature: His letters and other writings; his style; his influence and appeal Note on translation and text Postscript
Notes Bibliography Appendix: Tactitus' account of Seneca's death Index of persons and places

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