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Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium (utgåvan 2004)

av Seneca (Auteur), Robin Campbell (Sous la direction de), Robin Campbell (Inledning), Robin Campbell (Traduction)

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Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic are a set of 'essays in disguise' from one of the most insightful philosophers of the Silver Age of Roman literature. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Latin with an introduction by Robin Campbell. A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughters witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind. Robin Campbell's lucid translation captures Seneca's humour and tautly aphoristic style. In his introduction, he discusses the tensions between Seneca's philosophy and his turbulent career as adviser to the tyrannical emperor Nero. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC - AD65) was born in Spain but was raised according to the traditional values of the republic of Rome. In AD48 he became tutor to the future emperor Nero and became his principal civil advisor when he took power. His death was eventually ordered by Nero in AD65, but Seneca anticipated the emperor's decree and committed suicide. If you enjoyed Letters from a Stoic, you might like Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, also available in Penguin Classics.… (mer)
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Titel:Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium
Författare:Seneca (Auteur)
Andra författare:Robin Campbell (Sous la direction de), Robin Campbell (Inledning), Robin Campbell (Traduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2004), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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It took me a while to read Seneca's letters - they're not to be binged, but to be dipped into and savoured. His advice boils down essentially to this - life is difficult, and you must reconcile yourself to difficulties. The letters present this same sentiment from a number of angles, all of which adds up to a forceful, well-reasoned whole. For a text written so very long ago, this modern translation shows just how readable Seneca has remained - and how little life, and people, have changed through history. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jun 22, 2021 |
Must re-read yearly. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
The letters don't draw me in and just seem antiquated. For example, I don't think being an expert in a subject matter and being a traveller are mutually exclusive. The world view of Seneca just doesn't fit with me.. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
A massive, necessary stone in the road to understanding and internalizing Stoicism.

A fascinating work given the author's history and life as one of the wealthiest people in Rome. It really is a kind of paean to what he wanted to be like, and you could tell in the subtext of the entire thing that he knew he wasn't living up to his ideals, that which he knew to be the best way to live, but he was trying.

It is interesting, though, how he could recognize privilege, but not think of charity when talking about spending money. ( )
  jtth | May 4, 2020 |
So much to learn from this book. I'll re-read it someday. Definitely has made me a better person. ( )
  StevenJohnTait | Jul 29, 2019 |
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Are you really surprised, as if it were something unprecedented, that so long a tour and such diversity of scene have not enabled you to throw off this melancholy and this feeling of depression? A change of character, not a change of air, is what you need.
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I have been speaking about liberal studies. Yet look at the amount of useless and superfluous matter to be found in the philosophers. Even they have descended to the level of drawing distinctions between the uses of different syllables and discussing the proper meanings of prepositions and conjunctions. They have come to envy the philologist and the mathematician, and they have taken over all the inessential elements in those studies -- with the result that they know more about devoting care and attention to their speech than about devoting such attention to their lives. Letter LXXXVIII
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Selected letters from Seneca's epistles to Lucilius. Please do not combine with complete editions of the letters, with different selections, or with classical language versions.
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Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic are a set of 'essays in disguise' from one of the most insightful philosophers of the Silver Age of Roman literature. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Latin with an introduction by Robin Campbell. A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughters witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind. Robin Campbell's lucid translation captures Seneca's humour and tautly aphoristic style. In his introduction, he discusses the tensions between Seneca's philosophy and his turbulent career as adviser to the tyrannical emperor Nero. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC - AD65) was born in Spain but was raised according to the traditional values of the republic of Rome. In AD48 he became tutor to the future emperor Nero and became his principal civil advisor when he took power. His death was eventually ordered by Nero in AD65, but Seneca anticipated the emperor's decree and committed suicide. If you enjoyed Letters from a Stoic, you might like Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, also available in Penguin Classics.

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