Natural Questions by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Natural Questions

byLucius Annaeus SenecaTranslated byHarry M. Hine

Paperback | August 20, 2014

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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.

Written near the end of Seneca’s life, Natural Questions is a work in which Seneca expounds and comments on the natural sciences of his day—rivers and earthquakes, wind and snow, meteors and comets—offering us a valuable look at the ancient scientific mind at work. The modern reader will find fascinating insights into ancient philosophical and scientific approaches to the physical world and also vivid evocations of the grandeur, beauty, and terror of nature.

About The Author

Harry M. Hine is professor emeritus in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

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Title:Natural QuestionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 20, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226748391

ISBN - 13:9780226748399

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Seneca and His World
Abbreviations
Translator’s Introduction
Analytical Table of Contents of Individual Books

Natural Questions
Book 3: On Terrestrial Waters
Book 4a: On the Nile
Book 4b: On Clouds, <_rain2c_ _hail2c_="" snow="">
Book 5: On Winds
Book 6: On Earthquakes
Book 7: On Comets
Book 1: On . . . Fires
Book 2: On Lightning and Thunder

Notes
References
Index

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“From the rainbow in the heavens to the iridescent scales of a mullet dying at the gourmet’s table, Seneca examines the face of God and its distorted human images to find, at the last, himself. One of the many virtues of Harry Hine’s lively new translation of the Natural Questions is the variation in its registers, encompassing satire, scientific argument, moral dialogue, and epic grandeur. Backed up by an extensive critical introduction, this volume makes an auspicious beginning to the series.”