Dialogues and Essays

Dialogues and Essays

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By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Translated by John Davie

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 28mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199552401
  • ISBN 13: 9780199552405
  • Sales rank: 43,739

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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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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John Davie has translated all of Euripides' plays for Penguin Classics.

Table of contents

On Providence ; On Anger, Book 3 ; Consolation to Marcia ; On the Happy Life ; On the Tranquillity of the Mind ; On the Shortness of Life ; Consolation to Helvia ; On Mercy ; Natural Questions, Book 6: On Earthquakes