The Dialogues were an important medium for the spreading of Greek philosophical theories to the Roman world and to subsequent ages. This selection is of complete, not excerpted, dialogues. The commentary concentrates on subject matter and the philosophical ideas informing the treatises, though help is also given where needed on grammatical and lexical points. The four chosen dialogues give a fair idea of the range of Seneca's philosophical interests and of his didactic techniques. This is the first serious commentary in English on any of Seneca's Dialogues since Duff (1915). Latin text with facing translation, commentary and notes.
|Publisher:||Liverpool University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
De Vita Beata
De Tranquillitate Animi
De Constantia Sapientis
Ad Helviam Matrem de Consolatione
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The first time I read this book I was amazed and excited, and entering middle age. Seneca's thoughts on the human condition seemed like they could have been written today. Except for some dated Roman references, here is a man trying to define how to live, in what we today would call "the secular society." The series of letters reads like a personal guidebook to ethics. It still speaks to us across the centuries. Seneca was priveleged, ego centric, and all too aware of the fleeting nature of life. He was also a tutor of Nero, a dramatist, philosopher, slave owner, etc. But his essay-like letters - by turns glib and medatative - reveal a man struggling to make sense of a world of power, wealth and abundance, oestensibly ruled by reason, suffused with uncertainty and enveloped in paganism. He was also no doubt polishing his image for future generations. Nonetheless, he talks of god and spirituality, and the early Christians were said to have valued his wisdom. I've read this two or three times. Each time I've given it away to a friend. Once you read it, you'll go back to it again and again. His maxims are famous. His commonsense advice still rings true.
I bought this book after countless recommendations from two blogs I frequent (Tim Ferris's 4HWW blog and The Art of Manliness). This book, along with stoicism in general is great for any entrepreneur, leader, or anyone who finds themselves oftentimes facing difficult decisions. The sections I personally got the most from had to do with developing unbiased thinking and self control. At the end of the day its never a bad thing to read a little philosophy and see how you can apply it to your life.
This was recommended by author Tim Ferris as a way to get started in studying stoicism. I took his advice and found these letters to be great.