Epistulae Morales: Epistles 66-92: 76 Twarda oprawa – 1 lipca 1989
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, born at Corduba (Cordova) ca. 4 BCE, of a prominent and wealthy family, spent an ailing childhood and youth at Rome in an aunt's care. He became famous in rhetoric, philosophy, money-making, and imperial service. After some disgrace during Claudius' reign he became tutor and then, in 54 CE, advising minister to Nero, some of whose worst misdeeds he did not prevent. Involved (innocently?) in a conspiracy, he killed himself by order in 65. Wealthy, he preached indifference to wealth; evader of pain and death, he preached scorn of both; and there were other contrasts between practice and principle.
We have Seneca's philosophical or moral essays (ten of them traditionally called Dialogues)--on providence, steadfastness, the happy life, anger, leisure, tranquility, the brevity of life, gift-giving, forgiveness--and treatises on natural phenomena. Also extant are 124 epistles, in which he writes in a relaxed style about moral and ethical questions, relating them to personal experiences; a skit on the official deification of Claudius, Apocolocyntosis (in Loeb number 15); and nine rhetorical tragedies on ancient Greek themes. Many epistles and all his speeches are lost.
The 124 epistles are collected in Volumes IV-VI of the Loeb Classical Library's ten-volume edition of Seneca.
- Wydawca : Harvard University Press (1 lipca 1989)
- Język : Angielski
- Twarda oprawa : 486 str.
- ISBN-10 : 0674990854
- ISBN-13 : 978-0674990852
- Wymiary : 10.8 x 2.76 x 16.19 cm
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The letters in the second volume do tend to be longer than those in the first (there are only 26 letters here compared to the 66 in volume 1) and more often indulge in complicated and abstruse philosophical discussions and address the subject of death and suicide perhaps a little too often for some sensibilities, but these missives provide an important window onto Stoicism and provide much Stoic wisdom and advice for living, readable and relevant even today
With these Loeb books, the quality of printing is not always of the highest standard to be honest - and here sometimes the print is a little bit faint, and they're certainly not cheap by any means, but they're one of the most convenient ways to get hold of the classics with both the original and English translation combined. There is also often a certain archaism - the English translation here was made by Richard Gummere in 1916 but thankfully here it lacks in archaisms and is very readable, not slavishly adhering to a word-for-word translation but sometimes reworking Seneca's Latin into lucid, flowing and suitably literary English.