How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life by SenecaHow to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life by Seneca

How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life

bySenecaEditorJames S. RommIntroduction byJames S. Romm

Hardcover | February 27, 2018

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Timeless wisdom on death and dying from the celebrated Stoic philosopher Seneca

"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC-65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca''s remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out.

Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life''s final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression.

Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus''s description of Seneca''s grim suicide.

James S. Romm is the author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero and Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire (both Knopf). He has written essays and reviews for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Review of Books, and the New Yorker website, among other publications. He is th...
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Title:How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of LifeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 7 X 4.5 X 0 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 7 X 4.5 X 0 inPublished:February 27, 2018Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691175578

ISBN - 13:9780691175577

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

How to Die xxi

I Prepare Yourself 1

II Have No Fear 12

III Have No Regrets 34

IV Set Yourself Free 59

V Become a Part of the Whole 92

Epilogue: Practice What You Preach 117

Latin Texts 123

Notes 217

Editorial Reviews

"This well-chosen collection of Seneca''s writings on death demonstrates James Romm''s gift for making the people and ideas of antiquity vivid for general readers. The introduction is graceful, the translations are accurate and readable, the annotations are nicely judged, and the epilogue featuring Tacitus''s account of Seneca''s suicide is indispensable."-Robert A. Kaster, Princeton University