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Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics) Paperback – July 30, 1969
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Text: English, Latin (translation)
About the Author
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC-AD65) was born in Cordoba, Spain, where he was brought up studying the traditional virtues of republican Roman life. He became a teacher of rhetoric but attracted attention for his incisive style of writing. Closely linked to Nero, his death was ordered by the emperor in AD65. Seneca committed suicide.
Robin Campbell is a well-known translator.
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I've always described myself as a stoic and always meant to widen my reading of the ancient Greeks and Romans. I decided to start the expansion with Seneca. I've been reading and re-reading a letter every few days. Each one is a jewel of advice, wisdom and compassion.
His letters were written to a young friend on virtually every topic imaginable. The advice is always cogent and true and never trite or condescending. Even though the Romans lived a much harsher life and people matured earlier, I think that one would have to be in middle age to fully appreciate Seneca's wisdom, however, this doesn't mean that the young shouldn't read Seneca - they should just make certain that they re-read him. One of the glories of a reading life is that great and even good books, change as we do. This is especially true of the writings of Seneca.
His wise council applies even to our fragmented, contemporary life. His essay on not wasting time, even when manically moving about is especially appropos. He points out that death is not before us, but behind us as everyday that we have lived already belongs to death - simultaneously sobering, hopeful and true - like all of these essays.
Next I want to ferret out his tragedies as I understand that they were a source of inspiration for the great Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedians and I am certain they contain Seneca's wry wisdom. Highly recommended to those seeking to live life to the fullest.