The Ethics of the Family in Seneca

The Ethics of the Family in Seneca

by Liz Gloyn
The Ethics of the Family in Seneca

The Ethics of the Family in Seneca

by Liz Gloyn


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107145474
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Model mothers; 2. A band of brothers; 3. The mystery of marriage; 4. The desirable contest between fathers and sons; 5. The imperfect imperial family; 6. Rewriting the family; Epilogue; Appendix. The text and transmission of Seneca's De matrimonio.
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