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Letters from a Stoic
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca

ISBN: 9780140442106
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1 July 1974
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8 x 1.5
Description:
For several years of his turbulent life, in which he was dogged by ill health, exile and political danger, Seneca (c. 4 BC-AD 65) was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire. His inspired reasoning derived mainly from the Stoic principles, which had originally been developed some centuries earlier in Athens. This selection of Seneca's letters shows him upholding the austere ethical ideals of Stoicism - the wisdom of the self-possessed person immune to overmastering emotions and life's setbacks - while valuing friendship and the courage of ordinary men, 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.

About The Author

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born at Cordoba in Spain around 4 BC. He rose to prominence in Rome, pursuing a career in the courts and political life, for which he had been trained, while also acquiring celebrity as an author of tragedies and essays. Falling foul of success...

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