Letters From A Stoic by Robin Seneca

Letters From A Stoic

byRobin SenecaTranslated byRobin CampbellIntroduction byRobin Campbell

Paperback | July 30, 1969

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"It is philosophy that has the duty of protecting us...without it no one can lead a life free of fear or worry."

For several years of his turbulent life, Seneca was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire. His inspired reasoning derived mainly from the Stoic principles, which had originally been developed some centuries earlier in Athens. This selection of Seneca's letters shows him upholding the austere ethical ideals of Stoicism—the wisdom of the self-possessed person immune to overmastering emotions and life’s setbacks—while valuing friendship and the courage of ordinary men, and criticizing the harsh treatment  of slaves and the cruelties in the gladiatorial arena. The humanity and wit revealed in Seneca’s interpretation of Stoicism is a moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.4BC-AD65) was born in Cordoba, Spain, where he was brought up studying the traditional virtues of republican Roman life. He became a teacher of rhetoric but attracted attention for his incisive style of writing. Closely linked to Nero, his death was ordered by the emperor in AD65. Seneca committed suicide.  Rob...

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Title:Letters From A StoicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.74 × 5.06 × 0.56 inPublished:July 30, 1969Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140442103

ISBN - 13:9780140442106

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Table of Contents

Letters from a Stoic - Seneca Introduction
Seneca's Life
Seneca and Philosophy
Seneca and Literature: His letters and other writings; his style; his influence and appeal
Note on translation and text
Postscript
Letters
Notes
Bibliography
Appendix: Tactitus' account of Seneca's death
Index of persons and places

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During the first century, Seneca the Younger served as a minister to Emporer Nero. Seneca’s many writings demonstrated compassionate and humanistic beliefs that were uncharacteristic of most upperclass Romans. In many ways, Seneca the Younger was far ahead of his time – he believed that slaves were treated in a harsh and unfair manner. He also believed that the shows in the arenas were barbaric and cruel. His eloquently described position on Stoicism was later considered by Marcus Aurelius and provided a theological bridge between the Roman Empire and Christianity. Robin Campbell brings Seneca: Letters From A Stoic to English language readers with her beautiful translation.