Anger, Mercy, Revenge by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Anger, Mercy, Revenge

byLucius Annaeus SenecaTranslated byRobert A. Kaster, Martha C. Nussbaum

Paperback | November 20, 2012

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and adviser 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 restores 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.

Anger, Mercy, Revenge comprises three key writings: the moral essays On Anger and On Clemency—which were penned as advice for the then young emperor, Nero—and the Apocolocyntosis, a brilliant satire lampooning the end of the reign of Claudius. Friend and tutor, as well as philosopher, Seneca welcomed the age of Nero in tones alternately serious, poetic, and comic—making Anger, Mercy, Revenge a work just as complicated, astute, and ambitious as its author.

About The Author

Robert A. Kaster is professor of classics and the Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome, among other volumes.  Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University ...

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Title:Anger, Mercy, RevengeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:November 20, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Seneca and His World

On Anger

Translated by Robert A. Kaster

Translator’s Introduction

On Anger


On Clemency

Translated by Robert A. Kaster

Translator’s Introduction

On Clemency


The Pumpkinification of Claudius the God

Translated by Martha C. Nussbaum

Translator’s Introduction

The Pumpkinification of Claudius the God


Editorial Reviews

“The translations are faithful and lively. . . . Although the translators take Seneca seriously as a moralizing philosopher, their introductions and annotations—though attentive to the literary and rhetorical qualities Seneca’s writing displays—are not technical in terms of philosophy. Accordingly, they will be accessible to any intelligent reader.”