Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium
ISBN: 0140442103
EAN13: 9780140442106
Language: English
Publication Date: Jul 30, 1969
Pages: 254
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.7" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A new series of beautiful hardcover nonfiction classics, with covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith

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A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived in accordance with nature, Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughter witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual Read More chevron_right

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