Natural Questions

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 2010 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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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.


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Seneca and His World
Translators Introduction
Analytical Table of Contents of Individual Books
Book 3 originally Book 1On Terrestrial Waters
Book 4b originally Book 3 On Clouds Rain Hail Snow
Book 5 originally Book 4 On Winds
Book 6 originally Book 5 On Earthquakes
Book 7 originally Book 6 On Comets
Book 1 originally Book 7 On Fires
Book 2 originally Book 8 On Lightning and Thunder

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

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