Seneca: A Life

This booklet strains the eventful lifetime of Seneca, the Roman thinker, dramatist, essayist and rhetorician of the 1st century CE, who got here from Spain to Rome, spent his early life in Egypt, was once exiled to Corsica below Claudius yet recalled after 8 years, and rose to dizzying heights of wealth, strength and social impact less than Nero, ahead of falling from favour and being compelled to kill himself. The e-book analyzes the connection of Seneca's existence tale to his literary self-fashioning, and the tensions among the exterior worlds of politics, consumerism, and social luck, with the Stoic beliefs of asceticism, advantage and self-discipline.

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We've got not one of the wealthy fields of evidence—letters, diaries, photos, surviving possessions, oral testimony from neighbors, scholars, enemies, fanatics, spouses, publishers, or students—which are frequently to be had to biographers of the extra lately deceased. In Seneca’s case, over half his tremendous literary output is misplaced, together with all his political speeches, all deepest letters, and masses of his poetry, in addition to works on India and Egypt, an early learn of earthquakes, a e-book approximately his father, and a treatise on marriage.

Yet he additionally insists that if one has the proper perspective, the appropriate presents and the ideal social relationships will often stick to; the abstractions of Stoicism are hence totally reconcilable with the wishes of up to date society. yet there are nonetheless tensions in Seneca’s account among excellent and fact, and among the wishes of the donor and the wishes of the recipient. those are, as Seneca recognizes, considerably assorted. The recipient—especially if he's receiving a present or a prefer from a richer or extra robust person—wants to prevent feeling humiliated through his place of dependence.

As argued through Sussman 1978, 27–28. 18. See Sussman 1978, 28. Cf. Epistle 108 (on which, see lower than) and To Helvia 17. 3–4. 19. Scheidel, W. , and Meeks, E. (May 2, 2012). ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial community version of the Roman global. Retrieved Dec. 31, 2012, from http://orbis. stanford. edu. 20. Morley 1996, 33–39. 21. Succinctly mentioned in Volk and Williams 2006; see Morford 2002 for extra unique cultural and philosophical research. 22. at the Sextians: Manning 1987 makes the main cautious contrast among the Sextians and different sects (such as Pythagoreans and Stoics).

Forty. Troades 1125: “A valley slope with a gradual upward thrust encloses the intervening house and sprouts up like a theater. ” this can be the site within which the group gathers to observe the sacrificial homicide of the younger woman Polyxena at the tomb of Achilles. forty-one. Dio sixty two. 10. three. ; Tacitus notes simply Burrus’ encouragement, now not Seneca’s, at 14. 15. forty two. See Edwards 1993, bankruptcy 3: “Playing Romans. ” forty three. Epictetus four. 1. 45–50; the passage is mentioned by means of lengthy 2004. bankruptcy IV 1. On relaxation, 1. four: Dices mihi: “Quid agis, Seneca?

Seneca recognizes that a few humans will imagine that it truly is too tricky to cast off anger altogether instead of easily keep an eye on its expression. yet he insists that during truth, the Stoic approach is less complicated and more effective than the choices, because it is “easier to exclude harmful issues altogether, than to average them” (1. 7. 2). different critics may possibly recommend that during a few conditions, it really is correct to be angry—in order, for example, to unique righteous punishment opposed to anyone who rather has performed unsuitable.

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