Natural Questions, Volume II: Books 4-7

Natural Questions, Volume II: Books 4-7


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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba (Cordova) ca. 4 BCE, of a prominent and wealthy family, spent an ailing childhood and youth at Rome in an aunt's care. He became famous in rhetoric, philosophy, money-making, and imperial service. After some disgrace during Claudius' reign he became tutor and then, in 54 CE, advising minister to Nero, some of whose worst misdeeds he did not prevent. Involved (innocently?) in a conspiracy, he killed himself by order in 65. Wealthy, he preached indifference to wealth; evader of pain and death, he preached scorn of both; and there were other contrasts between practice and principle.

We have Seneca's philosophical or moral essays (ten of them traditionally called Dialogues)—on providence, steadfastness, the happy life, anger, leisure, tranquility, the brevity of life, gift-giving, forgiveness— and treatises on natural phenomena. Also extant are 124 epistles, in which he writes in a relaxed style about moral and ethical questions, relating them to personal experiences; a skit on the official deification of Claudius, Apocolocyntosis (in Loeb number 15); and nine rhetorical tragedies on ancient Greek themes. Many epistles and all his speeches are lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674995031
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1972
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #457
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 820,545
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Thomas Henry Corcoran was Professor of Classics at Tufts University.

Table of Contents

Book Iva

Book IVb

Book V

Book VI

Book VII

Index Of Sources

Index Of Proper Names

Index Of Subjects

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