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    On the Shortness of Life (Great Ideas) (Paperback)(English / Latin) By (author) Salve Seneca, By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Translated by Professor of Classics C D N Costa

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    DescriptionThroughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves--and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives--and destroyed them.Now, Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are. Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers, and each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-drive design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped the world.The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.


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    Title
    On the Shortness of Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Salve Seneca, By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Translated by Professor of Classics C D N Costa
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 176 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Language
    English
    Latin
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143036326
    ISBN 10: 0143036327
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY, CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25230
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    B&T Approval Code: A10201500
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 188
    DC22: 188
    Abridged Dewey: 188
    LC classification: B616.D532 E5 2005
    Thema V1.0: QDHA
    Publisher
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    06 September 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born at Cordoba in Spain around 4 BC. He rose to prominence in Rome, pursuing a career in the courts and political life, for which he had been trained, while also acquiring celebrity as an author of tragedies and essays. Falling foul of successive emperors (Caligula in AD 39 and Claudius in AD 41), he spent eight years in exile, allegedly for an affair with Caligula's sister. Recalled in AD 49, he was made praetor and was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD 54, the emperor Nero. On Nero's succession, Seneca acted for some eight years as an unofficial chief minister. The early part of this reign was remembered as a period of sound government, for which the main credit seems due to Seneca. His control over Nero declined as enemies turned the emperor against him with representations that his popularity made him a danger, or with accusations of immorality or excessive wealth. Retiring from public life he devoted his last three years to philosophy and writing, particularly the Letters to Lucilius. In AD 65 following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, in which he was thought to be implicated, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide. His fame as an essayist and dramatist lasted until two or three centuries ago, when he passed into literary oblivion, from which the twentieth century has seen a considerable recovery.