Dialogues and Letters

Dialogues and Letters

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By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Edited by C. D. N. Costa, Translated by C. D. N. Costa, Notes by C. D. N. Costa

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 188mm x 13mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140446796
  • ISBN 13: 9780140446791
  • Sales rank: 149,563

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A major writer and a leading figure in the public life of Rome, Seneca (c. 4BC AD 65) ranks among the most eloquent and influential masters of Latin prose. This selection explores his thoughts on philosophy and the trials of life. In the Consolation to Helvia he strives to offer solace to his mother, following his exile in AD 41, while On the Shortness of Life and On Tranquillity of Mind are lucid and compelling explorations of Stoic thought. Witty and self-critical, the Letters written to his young friend Lucilius explore Seneca's struggle to acquire philosophical wisdom. A fascinating insight into one of the greatest minds of Ancient Rome, these works inspired writers and thinkers including Montaigne, Rousseau, and Bacon, and continue to intrigue and enlighten.

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C. D. N. COSTA is Professor of Classics and Chairman of the School of Antiquity at Birmingham University. His main research has been writing commentaries on the world of Seneca, Letters, Dialogues and the tragedy Medea, and he has also edited Lucretius V and a book of essays on Horace. Some of his translations of Seneca's Letters have been given broadcast readings by Paul Scofield on BBC Radio 3.

Table of contents

Dialogues and Letters - Seneca Preface Introduction A Note on the Text Further Reading Dialogues Consolation to Helvia On Tranquillity of Mind On the Shortness of Life Letters Letter 24 Letter 57 Letter 79 Letter 110 from Natural Questions 1. praef. 1-10 [Seneca urges Lucilius to enjoy the inspiration and benefits of philosophical study] 4A.2.4-6 [The Cataracts of the Nile] 6.1.4-7 [The terrors of earthquakes] Notes Index