Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium

Robin Campbell, Seneca

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 26-08-2004

£8.99

A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived “in accordance with nature”, Stoicism called for restraint of animal instincts and severing of emotional ties. Seneca’s contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into an inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.

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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, in which he was dogged by ill health, exile and danger, Seneca was the guiding hand of the Roman Empire. This selection of Seneca’s letters shows him upholding the ideals of Stoicism – the wisdom of the self-possessed person immune to life’s setbacks – while valuing friendship and courage, 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.Selected and translated with an Introduction by Robin Campbell

Additional information

Weight 0.191 kg
Dimensions 15 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 256