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Seneca: De otio; De brevitate vitae (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) [Paperback]

Seneca , G. D. Williams

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February 10, 2003 0521588065 978-0521588065 0
This edition of Seneca's De otio and De brevitate vitae introduces undergraduates and more advanced students to Senecan philosophy. Both texts promote the benefits of living an inner existence insulated from everyday pressures. This edition emphasizes the relevance of the provocative Senecan message of a "balanced" life and his views on the complex relationship of the individual to society.

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"...scholarly and comprehensive...will be useful (indeed, essential) for Senecan scholars and their graduate students."
-Mark Morford, University of Virginia, The Classical Outlook

"This excellent addition to the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics fills a great void and is hence welcome indeed."
-R. Scott Smith, University of New Hampshire, New England Classical Journal

"The two works included in this volume are complementary and contain a great deal of interest to students of Roman culture and ancient philosophy."
-Classical World

"The volume would...make an attractive choice for study even at the undergraduate level, for the two dialogues offered here are among the most accessible of Seneca's shorter works."
-Margaret Graver, Department of Classics, Dartmouth College, Ancient Philosophy

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This edition of Seneca's De otio and De brevitate vitae introduces undergraduates and more advanced students to the complex artistic method and provocative message of Senecan philosophy. A central preoccupation of both texts is to promote the benefits of an inner existence of the personal, insulated against the pressures of everyday life. In this respect this edition emphasizes the relevance of the Senecan message to modern reflection on the claims of the 'balanced' life and on the complex relationship of the individual to society.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born in Spain around 4BC. He rose to prominence at Rome, pursuing a double career in the courts and political life, until Claudius sent him into exile exile on the island of Corsica for eight years. Recalled in AD49, he was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD54, the emperor Nero. Seneca acted for eight years as Nero's unofficial chief minister until Nero too turned against him and he retired from public life to devote himself to philosophy and writing. In AD65, following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide.

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