Selected Letters

Selected Letters ❮BOOKS❯ ✰ Selected Letters ⚦ Author Seneca – Seneca S Letters To His Friend Lucilius Are Powerful Moral Essays That Also Yield Illuminating Insight Into Seneca S Personal Life And The Truly Turbulent Times In Which He Lived One Of The Great Stoic Philosophers, Seneca Here Guides Lucilius Struggle To Achieve Wisdom And Serenity, Uninfluenced By Worldly Emotions He Advises His Friend On How To Do Without What Is Superfluous, Whether In Terms Of Happiness, Riches, Reputation, Or The Emotions The Letters Include Literary Discussions, Moral Exhortation, Exemplary Heroes And Episodes From Roman History, And A Lurid Picture Of Contemporary Luxury And Under Nero S Chaotic Reign, The Topic Of Death Is Never Far Away This Marvelous New Translation By Eminent Scholar Elaine Fantham Offers The Largest Selection Of Seneca S Letters Currently Available Fantham S Invaluable Introduction Discusses Seneca S Family And Political Career, His Many And Varied Writings, The Nature Of The Letters As Genuine Epistles Or Fiction, Their Philosophical Concerns, And Other Social And Cultural Aspects Short Head Notes To Each Letter Summarize Its Themes And Parallels With Other Letters, Opening A Window On To Seneca S World.About The Series For Over 100 Years Oxford World S Classics Has Made Available The Broadest Spectrum Of Literature From Around The Globe Each Affordable Volume Reflects Oxford S Commitment To Scholarship, Providing The Most Accurate Text Plus A Wealth Of Other Valuable Features, Including Expert Introductions By Leading Authorities, Voluminous Notes To Clarify The Text, Up To Date Bibliographies For Further Study, And Much.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca often known simply as Seneca ca 4 BC 65 AD was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio Claudian emperors, he may

❮BOOKS❯ ✰ Selected Letters  ⚦ Author Seneca –
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Selected Letters
  • Seneca
  • English
  • 05 June 2017
  • 9780199533213

10 thoughts on “Selected Letters

  1. says:

    Seneca s an amiable fellow He s friendly, he s unpretentious, and his idiosyncrasies are of the endearing sort During his asthma attacks, he reminds himself that he could take his final breath at any moment, that every hour of our past has already been claimed by death that we re dying every day He lives above a noisy gymnasium for a while and uses the opportunity to improve his concentration and make himself less susceptible to outside distractions Then he decides to find another place to live because after all, who the hell wants to live above a gym He plunders nuggets of wisdom from the rival Epicureans, because a philosopher takes everything that s true and makes it his own And now, two thousand years later, we re still plundering him, though we tend not to share many of his philosophical presuppositions I doubt he would have minded.To understand a man, you have to understand what he worships Seneca s religion is a curious amalgamation of naturalistic, pantheistic, and henotheistic elements which are all allowed to hang together If Stoic ethical teachings can be summarized in one sentence, it would be, live according to nature but nature, for a Stoic, is always infused with divinity, to the point that nature and t...

  2. says:

    We did not realize how many things were superfluous until they began to run out we made use of them not because we were obliged to but because we had them What a lot of goods we accumulate because others have accumulated them, because they are in most people s possession Among the causes of our misfortunes is that we live by the models we copy and are not ordered by reason but misled by habit I was fighting to stay alive and so I read Seneca I belie...

  3. says:

    Phewthis one was quite a slog I found the language in this one quite difficult to get to grips with I m not sure if that is Seneca s fault or the translators A comparison with other translations may cause me to revise my opinion I m giving this one three stars due to the qualit...

  4. says:

    A very unintimidating stoic classic The translator makes benevolent notes before each letter But the introduction ruins it all Seneca the stoic becomes Seneca the hypocrite These letters seem preachy and feigned, especially coming from a man of such w...

  5. says:

    Roman philosopher humorous P 88.

  6. says:

    Can be enlightening but also very pessimistic Life was cruel and yet he dealt with things stoically.

  7. says:

    Too few letters, too much commentary

  8. says:

    The notes in this are great Very informative.

  9. says:

    Seneca is personally my favorite writers of the Stoic classics.This particular translation was pretty good, but defintiely not my favorite I understand the reasoning given as to why it was only a selection of the letters of Seneca MUCH than the overly hyped Penguin Classics edition I think double the number of letters , but I feel that he wrote 124 letters for a reason that we know of have available And even if there may be some repitition or similar topics covered from others, all 124 need to be included That said, I still gave the book a fair shot It was much better of a translation that the Penguin Classics version, but not as good as the much older edition done by Gummere which to me is odd A book from the early 1900 s is an easier read than a much recent edition That is indeed the cas...

  10. says:

    Good translation The notes for each letter are clear and give an overview of the themes Seneca writes about Thought provoking and some of them give an insight into the workings of Roman times A book borrowed from the library, and one which I intend to buy for my own collection.

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