Letters from a Stoic Paperback – Jul 30 1969
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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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Of interest to anyone examining the classical world of ancient Rome will discover, the intellectuals of the time possessed both a religion and a philosophy to guide their lives. Religion was merely the outward exoteric public display of sentiment (much like our calendar holidays today) and then there was your philosophy, the inner esoteric moral compass that guided deep seated morality and ethical choices. Which can result in a well lived life of fullfillment & happiness. Qualities all too often absent from modern life. Especially for those still trying to juggle and make sense of repressive monotheisms. Read Seneca & celebrate life's rich offerings.
Seneca is a Stoic Philosopher, but do not feel you need a background in philosophy to appreciate the book. The content is very straight forward, and there is a great flow to the book.
I give this book very high marks, and my highest recommendation.
This is a very easily readable book, and it was written by Seneca in the last four years of his life (62-65 A.D.). In my opinion is the masterpiece of his moral philosophy.
Seneca's literary style was criticized by his contemporaries for its fragmentary and non-classic hues, and it is truly very modern. Caligula defined it as "sand without lime". St. Augustine in his City of God, in a reference to his contradictions, criticized the fact that this man who almost achieved real freedom through philosophy, pursued what he criticized, did what he loathed and inculpated what he adored. AND WHAT DOES MODERN MAN DO? Maybe we must admit that Seneca lived a life full of contradictions, triumphs and failures but he never truly believed in the roles that he had to play and he was always ready to detach himself from material things, devoid of illusions but also of bitterness.
That is why his work has survived the ages and has been celebrated for his modernity. I would say that his teachings are atemporal, and this is the best tribute to him. Maybe this is why
his letters were the bedside book of Montaigne. And mine.
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Thank you for your fast service. The book is as advertised. It is perfect.Published 7 months ago by Frank D DiLapo
Although these letters were written 2000 years ago, it reads not it was written yesterday. Human nature does not change and Seneca's advice on how to live is truly timeless.Published 16 months ago by True listener
Clear, cogent, real - quintessentially stoic. Seneca also mixes a bit of humour (mostly tongue-in-cheek) which keeps the reading light and enjoyable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. Lam
Brilliant book. Solid edition. Extremely readable. An insight into the mind of a master stoic.Published 22 months ago by Christopher Stocovaz
Excellent raw stoicism in a timeless voice. Not overly academic or in any way unserious.Published on July 26 2014 by Jerad
Stoicism is a great learning tool in helping to understand the early Christian Church. Scholars say that it was the 'bridge' that allowed a smoother transition between Paganism... Read morePublished on July 11 2004
That title perhaps sounds like "hot" and "cold" running
Seneca -- but it is rather a personal guide to how I believe
one should approach Seneca and his advice in these... Read more
A book to be read and reread. Every page has a wise tone and each letter/essay addresses a specific challenge that people must face in every age. Read morePublished on July 14 2001 by R. J. Marsella
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