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Editorial Reviews


“Griffin and Inwood’s work breathes new life into Seneca's essential text, which has been neglected for too long.”

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“An excellent volume in every way. Seneca’s essay has a potential interest for readers going far beyond scholars and students of ancient philosophy, and all those involved have, clearly, made every attempt to make this volume highly accessible and informative. I can think of no translators better qualified to tackle this text, and the end product entirely justifies their efforts.”

“The translation is excellent: Seneca’s Latin is not easy, and the translators successfully turn it into English that is true to the Latin and enjoyable to read.”


“[Griffin and Inwood’s translation] is elegant, flowing, and for the most part highly readable. . . . Ultimately, the beauty of Seneca’s text is his alone, and one must enjoy his style, rhetorical twists, and intricacy of thought in the original. But for those who cannot, Griffin and Inwood’s translation is the next best thing!”
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Beautifully introduced and translated by Griffin and Inwood. . . . [On Benefits] reveals much about how elite members of Roman society interacted and what they regarded as important.”

About the Author

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BCE-65CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, and advisor to the Emperor Nero.

Miriam Griffin is emeritus fellow in ancient history at Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics and Seneca on Society: a Guide to “De Beneficiis”, among other books.

Brad Inwood is professor of philosophy and classics at Yale University. He is the author of Reading Seneca: Stoic Philosophy at Rome, among other books.

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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press (August 20, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 184 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 022621222X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226212227
  • Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
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