Dialogues and Essays

ISBN : 9780199552405

Lucius Annaeus Seneca; John Davie
304 Pages
129 x 195 mm
Pub date
Sep 2008
Oxford World's Classics
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No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity.'

In these dialogues and essays the Stoic philosopher Seneca outlines his thoughts on how to live in a troubled world. Tutor to the young emperor Nero, Seneca wrote exercises in practical philosophy that draw upon contemporary Roman life and illuminate the intellectual concerns of the day. They also have much to say to the modern reader, as Seneca ranges widely across subjects such as the shortness of life, tranquillity of mind, anger, mercy, happiness, and grief at the loss of a loved one. Seneca's accessible, aphoristic style makes his writing especially attractive as an introduction to Stoic philosophy, and belies its reputation for austerity and dogmatism. This edition combines a clear and modern translation with an introduction to Seneca's life and philosophical interests, and helpful notes.

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On Anger, Book 3
Consolation to Marcia
On the Happy Life
On the Tranquillity of the Mind
On the Shortness of Life
Consolation to Helvia
On Mercy
Natural Questions, Book 6: On Earthquakes

About the author: 

John Davie has translated all of Euripides' plays for Penguin Classics.

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