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Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
translated by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long
introduction by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long
commentaries by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long
University of Chicago Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-226-52843-4 | Cloth: 978-0-226-26517-9 | eISBN: 978-0-226-26520-9
Library of Congress Classification PA6665.A1G739 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 188

The Roman statesman and philosopher Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) recorded his moral philosophy and reflections on life as a highly original kind of correspondence. Letters on Ethics includes vivid descriptions of town and country life in Nero’s Italy, discussions of poetry and oratory, and philosophical training for Seneca’s friend Lucilius. This volume, the first complete English translation in nearly a century, makes the Letters more accessible than ever before.

Written as much for a general audience as for Lucilius, these engaging letters offer advice on how to deal with everything from nosy neighbors to sickness, pain, and death. Seneca uses the informal format of the letter to present the central ideas of Stoicism, for centuries the most influential philosophical system in the Mediterranean world. His lively and at times humorous expositions have made the Letters his most popular work and an enduring classic. Including an introduction and explanatory notes by Margaret Graver and A. A. Long, this authoritative edition will captivate a new generation of readers.

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