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Dialogues and Letters (97 Edition)

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Included in this volume are the dialogues On the Shortness of Life and On Tranquility of Mind, which are eloquent classic statements of Stoic ideals of fortitude and self-reliance. This selection also features extracts from Natural Questions, Seneca's exploration of such phenomena as the cataracts of the Nile and earthquakes, and the Consolation of Helvia, in which he tenderly tries to soothe his mother's pain at their separation.

Synopsis:

A selection of dialogues and letters from one of the most influential masters of Latin prose. This text includes "Consolation to Helvia" written to Seneca's mother to soothe the pain of separation, and the dialogues of "On the Shortness of Life", and "On Tranquility of Mind".

Synopsis:

Accused of conspiring against the emperor Nero, Seneca was commanded to commit suicide, which he did in characteristic Stoic manner. Included in this volume are his dialogues ON THE SHORTNESS OF LIFE and ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND; also extracts from NATURAL QUESTIONS and the CONSOLATION TO HELVIA. Seneca's prose works were admired by the major literary figures of Elizabethan England. 160 pp.

About the Author

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born at Cordoba in Spain around 4 BC. He rose to prominence in Rome, pursuing a career in the courts and political life, for which he had been trained, while also acquiring celebrity as an author of tragedies and essays. Falling foul of successive emperors (Caligula in AD 39 and Claudius in AD 41), he spent eight years in exile, allegedly for an affair with Caligula’s sister. Recalled in AD 49, he was made praetor and was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD 54, the emperor Nero. On Nero’s succession, Seneca acted for some eight years as an unofficial chief minister. The early part of this reign was remembered as a period of sound government, for which the main credit seems due to Seneca. His control over Nero declined as enemies turned the emperor against him with representations that his popularity made him a danger, or with accusations of immorality or excessive wealth. Retiring from public life he devoted his last three years to philosophy and writing, particularly the Letters to Lucilius. In AD 65 following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, in which he was thought to be implicated, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide. His fame as an essayist and dramatist lasted until two or three centuries ago, when he passed into literary oblivion, from which the twentieth century has seen a considerable recovery.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

A Note on the Text

Further Reading

Dialogues

Consolation to Helvia

On Tranquillity of Mind

On the Shortness of Life

Letters

Letter 24

Letter 57

Letter 79

Letter 110

from Natural Questions

1. praef. 1-10 [Seneca urges Lucilius to enjoy the inspiration and benefits of philosophical study]

4A.2.4-6 [The Cataracts of the Nile]

6.1.4-7 [The terrors of earthquakes]

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140446791
Translator:
Costa, C. D. N.
Translator:
Costa, C. D. N.
Author:
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Author:
Seneca
Author:
Costa, C. D. N.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Roman Literature
Subject:
Authors, latin
Subject:
Authors, Latin -- Correspondence.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Philosophy -- Early works to 1800.
Subject:
Ethics -- Early works to 1800
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.86x5.08x.41 in. .30 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 160 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140446791 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A selection of dialogues and letters from one of the most influential masters of Latin prose. This text includes "Consolation to Helvia" written to Seneca's mother to soothe the pain of separation, and the dialogues of "On the Shortness of Life", and "On Tranquility of Mind".
"Synopsis" by , Accused of conspiring against the emperor Nero, Seneca was commanded to commit suicide, which he did in characteristic Stoic manner. Included in this volume are his dialogues ON THE SHORTNESS OF LIFE and ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND; also extracts from NATURAL QUESTIONS and the CONSOLATION TO HELVIA. Seneca's prose works were admired by the major literary figures of Elizabethan England. 160 pp.

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