Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium
"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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - roblong - LibraryThing
Series of letters from an ageing Stoic philosopher, writing in 64AD on topics from travel to disease to death. Enjoyable stuff, I'm fond of the Stoics as a rare variety of philosopher I find useful as ... Read full review
One of the Top 5 Guides to Good LivingUser Review - Anonymous - Borders
This is one of the top five or ten books ever written on the subject of living well. What is true friendship? What is true wealth? Where do we find happiness? How do we recognize obstacles that we ... Read full review