Letters from a Stoic (The Epistles of Seneca)

Letters from a Stoic (The Epistles of Seneca)

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In ancient Rome, Seneca the Younger rose to power as a politician and statesman during the middle of his life. After being exiled by Emperor Caligula, he was finally welcomed back to Rome as Nero's minister. He gained significant wealth, though Seneca often despised his own standing because of his personal philosophy. At the end of his life, Seneca wrote a number of

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In ancient Rome, Seneca the Younger rose to power as a politician and statesman during the middle of his life. After being exiled by Emperor Caligula, he was finally welcomed back to Rome as Nero's minister. He gained significant wealth, though Seneca often despised his own standing because of his personal philosophy. At the end of his life, Seneca wrote a number of letters to the Roman governor of Sicily. From this collection of letters comes "Letters from a Stoic." In this work, the philosopher wrote about the essential tenants of Stoicism and how to follow a philosophy that required a person to humanize a society that was often cold and difficult. Many people read these letters and come away with a greater understanding of Stoicism; the people who practiced Stoicism often lived the phrase "actions speak louder than words," meaning that Stoics wanted their deeds to exhibit their rational and calm nature. The texts in "Letters from a Stoic" also reveal how Seneca and his contemporaries wanted people to treat others with the same respect they wanted for themselves. He was disgusted with the harsh and unethical treatment of slaves that was prevalent at the time, and he was against Nero's idea of entertainment which entailed throwing martyrs, gladiators, and animals into a fighting arena. Although Stoicism is not now as widely practiced as it once was, many people can still find wisdom and inspiration through Seneca's words and letters.

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ISBN-13:
9781420948394
Publisher:
Digireads.com Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
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497,188
File size:
2 MB

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Letters from a Stoic 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 have created for ourselves? What is death? Is it really something to fear? What is "necessary" and what is "enough?" Is it better to read widely or well?This wonderful collection of letters can be picked up at any moment and opened to any page. But you will quickly find that these are lessons to be absorbed. The essays can be used in a series for your book club!Some people have objected to his views on death. Seneca suggests that we cannot live freely or fully if we live in fear. And our greatest fear is death. If we regard death with equanimity, if we regard all parts of life with equanimity, we can begin truly to live. 2000 years on Seneca remains a "must read."
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
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