The Ethics of the Family in Seneca

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 16, 2017 - Philosophy - 260 pages
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This book is the first extensive study of the role of the family in the work of Seneca. It offers a new way of reading philosophy that combines philosophical analysis with social, cultural and historical factors to bring out the ways in which Stoicism presents itself as in tune with the universe. The family serves a central role in an individual's moral development - both the family as conventionally understood, and the wider conceptual family which Stoicism constructs. Innovative readings of Seneca's work bring out the importance of the family to his thought and how it interacts with other Stoic doctrines. We learn how to be virtuous from observing and imitating our family, who can be biological relatives or people we choose as our intellectual ancestors. The Ethics of the Family in Seneca will be of particular interest to researchers in Roman Stoicism, imperial culture and the history of the family.
 

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Contents

Model Mothers
14
A Band of Brothers
48
The Mystery of Marriage
76
The Desirable Contest between Fathers and Sons
107
The Imperfect Imperial Family
135
Rewriting the Family
163
Epilogue
203
Bibliography
224
Index Locorum
241
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Liz Gloyn is Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. As well as Latin literature and Roman philosophy, her research interests also include the history of women as professional classicists and the role of classical monsters in modern popular culture.

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