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Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and advisor to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by world-renowned classicists Elizabeth Asmis, Shadi Bartsch, and Martha C. Nussbaum, this engaging collection helps restore Seneca—whose works have been highly praised by modern authors from Desiderius Erasmus to Ralph Waldo Emerson—to his rightful place among the classical writers most widely studied in the humanities.
 
Hardship and Happiness collects a range of essays intended to instruct, from consolations—works that offer comfort to someone who has suffered a personal loss—to pieces on how to achieve happiness or tranquility in the face of a difficult world. Expertly translated, the essays will be read and used by undergraduate philosophy students and experienced scholars alike.

Synopsis:

The philosophy of Seneca has extended in influence from first-century Rome to the essays of Montaigne, to Elizabethan tragedy, to the theology of Calvin and the doctrines of the French Revolution.

Synopsis:

This volume collects all the remaining essays by Seneca not already published in the series [Consolato ad Marciam (Hine), Consolato ad Polybium (Hine), Consolato ad Helviam (Williams), De otio (Williams), Brevitate (Williams), De tranquillitate animi (Fantham), De constantia (Ker), De providentia (Ker), De vita beata (Ker)].  In general, these pieces are intended to edify.  They range from consolations to essays on how to achieve happiness or tranquility in the face of a difficult world.  Many are quite popular in undergraduate philosophy courses. Fantham's translation is the jewel in the crown.

Synopsis:

In , representative selections from Seneca's writings offer the reader an excellent introduction to the range of his work. The selections are drawn from the essays, or dialogues, and the "Consolations;" from the treatises, of which "On Clemency," addressed to the young Nero, is included here; and from the , which have to do not only with philosophical subjects but also with Seneca's personal experiences, such as journeys and visits. Moses Hadas has selected letters and essays which reveal Seneca's major philosophical themes--the relationship of the individual to society and to the gods; the meaning of pain and misfortune; man's attitudes to change, time, and death; and the nature of the highest good and of the happy life. In his Introduction, Professor Hadas discusses Seneca's life and work, tracing the history of his reputation; comments on Seneca's style; and outlines the origins and tenets of Stoicism.

Synopsis:

Representative selections from Seneca's writings offer the reader an excellent introduction to the range of his work. Translated and with and introduction by Moses Hadas.

About the Author

 Elaine Fantham was the Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University from 1986 to 1999. She has written many books and commentaries on Latin literature, including Seneca’s Troades. Harry M. Hine is honorary professor in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the translator of Seneca’s Natural Questions, also in the series. James Ker is associate professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor of A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy. Gareth D. Williams is the Violin Family Professor of Classics at Columbia University and the author of many books, including The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca’s “Natural Questions.”

Table of Contents

Seneca and His World
Note on Translations and Their Sequence
 
Consolation to Marcia
translated by harry m. hine
Translator’s Introduction
Consolation to Marcia
Notes
 
Consolation to Helvia
translated by gareth d. williams
Translator’s Introduction
Consolation to Helvia
Notes
 
Consolation to Polybius
translated by harry m. hine
Translator’s Introduction
Consolation to Polybius
Notes
 
On the Shortness of Life
translated by gareth d. williams
Translator’s Introduction
On the Shortness of Life
Notes
 
On the Constancy of the Wise Person
Translated by James Ker
Translator’s Introduction
On the Constancy of the Wise Person
Notes
References
 
On Tranquility of Mind
Translated by Elaine Fantham
Translator’s Introduction
On Tranquility of Mind
Notes
Bibliography
 
On Leisure
translated by gareth d. williams
Translator’s Introduction
On Leisure
Notes
 
On the Happy Life
translated by james ker
Translator’s Introduction
On the Happy Life
Notes
References
 
On Providence
translated by james ker
Translator’s Introduction
On Providence
Notes
References
 
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393004595
Author:
Hadas, Moses
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Williams, Gareth D.
Author:
Fantham, Elaine
Author:
Ker, James
Author:
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Author:
Hine, Harry M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Series Volume:
[117]
Publication Date:
19680931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 in

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393004595 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The philosophy of Seneca has extended in influence from first-century Rome to the essays of Montaigne, to Elizabethan tragedy, to the theology of Calvin and the doctrines of the French Revolution.
"Synopsis" by ,
This volume collects all the remaining essays by Seneca not already published in the series [Consolato ad Marciam (Hine), Consolato ad Polybium (Hine), Consolato ad Helviam (Williams), De otio (Williams), Brevitate (Williams), De tranquillitate animi (Fantham), De constantia (Ker), De providentia (Ker), De vita beata (Ker)].  In general, these pieces are intended to edify.  They range from consolations to essays on how to achieve happiness or tranquility in the face of a difficult world.  Many are quite popular in undergraduate philosophy courses. Fantham's translation is the jewel in the crown.
"Synopsis" by , In , representative selections from Seneca's writings offer the reader an excellent introduction to the range of his work. The selections are drawn from the essays, or dialogues, and the "Consolations;" from the treatises, of which "On Clemency," addressed to the young Nero, is included here; and from the , which have to do not only with philosophical subjects but also with Seneca's personal experiences, such as journeys and visits. Moses Hadas has selected letters and essays which reveal Seneca's major philosophical themes--the relationship of the individual to society and to the gods; the meaning of pain and misfortune; man's attitudes to change, time, and death; and the nature of the highest good and of the happy life. In his Introduction, Professor Hadas discusses Seneca's life and work, tracing the history of his reputation; comments on Seneca's style; and outlines the origins and tenets of Stoicism.
"Synopsis" by , Representative selections from Seneca's writings offer the reader an excellent introduction to the range of his work. Translated and with and introduction by Moses Hadas.
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