Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium
A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived 'in accordance with nature', Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca (c. 4 BC- AD 65) that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughters witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - madepercy - LibraryThing
The Letters is regarded as one of the three key Stoic works, along with Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and Epictetus' Discourses. My initial thoughts were that Seneca's letters provided gems of genius ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - GPMacD - LibraryThing
This book might be an interesting read for a neophyte exploring stoic philosophy and it's definitely an acceptable introduction to rhetoric. However, I think it is far more enlightening from a social ... Read full review