Dialogues and Essays

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OUP Oxford, Oct 11, 2007 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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'No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity.' In these dialogues and essays the Stoic philosopher Seneca outlines his thoughts on how to live in a troubled world. Tutor to the young emperor Nero, Seneca wrote exercises in practical philosophy that draw upon contemporary Roman life and illuminate the intellectual concerns of the day. They also have much to say to the modern reader, as Seneca ranges widely across subjects such as the shortness of life, tranquillity of mind, anger, mercy, happiness, and grief at the loss of a loved one. Seneca's accessible, aphoristic style makes his writing especially attractive as an introduction to Stoic philosophy, and belies its reputation for austerity and dogmatism. This edition combines a clear and modern translation with an introduction to Seneca's life and philosophical interests, and helpful notes.

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User Review  - Khands - Goodreads

Excellent insights into the stoic philosophy. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael A - Goodreads

I think I was in the middle of "On Tranquillity of the Mind" when I came to the realization that I just couldn't keep reading this. Unfortunately for Seneca, he doesn't rate very high either as a ... Read full review

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John Davie is Head of Classics at St. Paul's School, London.
Tobias Reinhardt is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Somerville College, Oxford University.

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